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Ulster Historical Foundation lecture tour March 2012
Oregon Stamp Society Building
Portland, OR
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Ulster Historical Foundation lecture tour March 2012
The All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon is proud to present during St. Patrick's Week a Genealogy lecture with the folks from Ancestry Ireland! We will provide tea, soda bread and light desserts. More information at


1) Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
An overview of Scots-Irish and Irish research, which will benefit beginners and seasoned genealogists alike. Using attractive visual aids it is practical, wide ranging, factual and informative. It offers advice before beginning research into Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors, the destruction of records in 1922, the importance of place and administrative land divisions in Ireland,  and explores the major collections of records and how to access them.

2) The Ulster Plantation: and sources for researching 17th Century Families
This talk will look at those sources which can throw light on Ulster families in the seventeenth century. It identifies documents relating to the Ulster Plantation (1610-41) which can be used to construct profiles of settler families. It also considers sources from the second half of the seventeenth century, such as hearth money rolls, the Civil Survey and poll books, which are of use to genealogists working in this period, irrespective of whether they are searching for a 'planter' or 'Gael' ancestor.

3) Solving your "brick-walls"  practical internet tutorial and resolving research queries. Including a general Question and Answer Session
An extended question and answer session, where the speakers use online resources and their local knowledge to offer participants practical tips about Irish and Scots-Irish research. These sessions will help the beginner and the seasoned genealogist alike.

4) History from Headstones: Irish Gravestone inscriptions
For many families the only record of an individual's existence may be a headstone. Ireland has a superb collection of gravestones many with detailed inscriptions and frequently from an early period. Using UHF's own History from Headstones website as a basic tool, this presentation will attempt to demonstrate the usefulness of gravestone inscriptions to research and how the headstones of the Irish around the world can be linked. This will also look at the different ways in which the Scottish settlers in Ulster commemorated their dead and explore the significance of gravestone inscriptions and how they contribute to family history research.

Biographical notes
Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation; a board member of the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR), a member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Readers Forum, and a former non-executive director of the International Society for British Genealogy & Family History. He has spoken widely in the USA about Irish family history research, including a presenter in the genealogy section at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2007, when Northern Ireland was one of the featured countries. 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 Organization and Management, both from Queen's University Belfast.

Brian Trainor retired as Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation last September. He was educated at Queen's University, Belfast, and from there went for a time to the Institute of Historical Research in London. He returned to Belfast where he lectured for several years at Queen's before becoming in 1956 an archivist in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. He was Director of the Public Record Office from 1970 to 1987 when he became Director and then Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the National University of Ireland.
We also bring with us a range of books and other resources for sale, we give out information packs with handouts to all participants, and we offer a one to one consultation service for those who wish to avail of it (for which they pay us a fee)."



Oregon Stamp Society Building (View)
4828 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211
United States

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