Event—Public Programming

Canceled - Irish Genealogy Research Program


The Newberry has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. To enable visitors to practice social distancing now recommended by both the Center for Disease Control and the Chicago Department of Public Health, we have decided to cancel this program. Please visit www.newberry.org/covid19 for more information and for regular updates regarding Newberry operations.

Join experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation as they describe the ins and outs of genealogical research focused on the Emerald Isle. In this program, veteran genealogists Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt will introduce researchers of all levels to a number of topics in Irish genealogical research, including Irish townlands, relevant Irish archives, and how to get started researching emigrant ancestors from the north of Ireland.


10 to 11 am: Introduction to Irish genealogical research

11 to 12 pm: Understanding Irish townlands: the importance of place, identity, and administrative divisions in Irish genealogical research

12 to 1:30 pm: Lunch (please be sure to bring your own)

1:30 to 2:30 pm: Introduction to archives in Ireland: the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the National Archives of Ireland, and the National Library of Ireland

2:30 to 3:30 pm: Emigration from the north of Ireland to North America: sources for researching emigrant ancestors

3:30 to 4 pm: Questions and answers

Speakers’ bios:

Fintan Mullan is Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and has been responsible for the management of this successful Belfast-based, educational non-profit since 2001. He has extensive experience in Irish family history research and is a regular international speaker on Irish genealogy, having spoken in Ireland, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most of the lower 48 states of the USA. He has managed the production of over 100 Irish history and genealogy titles, including the perennial favorite, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors.

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation’s work, Gillian carries out research for clients and is an experienced user of the General Register Office and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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