Saturday, March 12, 2016 | Registration 9:30 AM | Seminar 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
In a few weeks, Paul Milner will be with us for our Spring Seminar. We’ve been looking forward to this event for several months and are very pleased with the great response from the genealogical community. We’ve even booked a booth at the North Texas Irish Festival to promote the Seminar and the Society. (If you’re at the Festival here in Dallas, March 4-6, please stop by!) I think it’s great for the Society to be visible in the community at events like this, especially with family history research capturing the interest of so many people of all ages.
I first heard Paul speak at a DGS seminar, “Irish Research”, on 29 February 2009. It was the first genealogical event I ever attended. I was introduced to the awful destruction of vast numbers of Irish records in 1922 in the Public Records Office at the Four Courts during the Battle of Dublin. Paul also explained in depth the process of locating families in mid-nineteenth century Ireland using the Tithe Applotment and Griffith’s Primary Valuation. Even with his step-by-step guidance, I found this a daunting research prospect!
But what most captured my interest was his enthusiastic demonstration of a free new website: Ask About Ireland. Here is a site where you can search for your ancestors in Griffith’s Valuation and locate their property on maps created at the time of the Valuation. In a wonderful application of technology, the old maps are overlaid on modern maps. I was thrilled with the discovery process this offered to link my ancestors’ homes and farms to current locations in Ireland. In 2011, I used this website to create a video showing the old and new town of Saintfield for the reunion of the descendants of Hugh Murray, my great-grandfather who emigrated from Northern Ireland in 1857.
In 2009, I found that DGS Seminar with Paul Milner a great value. I still remark on the value the Society’s seminars offer local family history researchers. For most attendees, there are no hotel and travel costs, except gas or public transportation. The day-long event includes four lectures from an acknowledged authority. What a pleasure for the Dallas Genealogical Society to be able to offer this to the community!
Paul will be giving four lectures and covering a lot of geography!
- Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context
- Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
Learn about the routes taken and the reasons for the emigration from Ireland to the U.S. and Canada before, during and after the famine. Learn how this mass movement of people can affect your research, plus what tools and records are available to trace your Irish ancestor.
- Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellions
Learn the reasons for emigration from Scotland to the U.S. and Canada and how it was influenced by events on both sides of the Atlantic. Learn where the emigrants settled, what records they created and what tools are available for tracing your Scottish ancestors.
- Overlooked Sources for 17th and 18th century English Research
Going beyond the basics learn what records, published and originals are available for 17th and 18th century English research jumping the gap created by England’s Civil War and the problems of migration due to the industrial revolution.
1st floor Auditorium
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas Texas, 75201
Parking: $1.50 in the library garage
We are very excited about our 2016 Seminar line-up. Paul is kicking off this year’s events in March. This summer, Denise Levenick, aka The Family Curator, will be with us Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. Denise is an author and speaker specializing in the preservation of family heirlooms and using them as sources for family history research. Our Fall seminar features Curt Witcher, the almost legendary manager of Special Collections & Genealogy at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Stay tuned to the DGS blog for more information about upcoming seminars.
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