Irish family history buffs hit Nambour
Ulster Historical Foundation workshop draws 200
THE Sunshine Coast Genealogy Resource Centre had quite a coup in securing the Ulster Historical Foundation for an all-day research workshop last Saturday.
Because of the large number of registrations received, the workshop had to be moved from the Genealogy Research Centre in Petrie Creek Rd to the Antique Car Club building at the Nambour Showgrounds to accommodate the 200 people who had registered.
The Nambour workshop was the only one in Queensland hosting the group so registrations were received from Melbourne, Cairns and Brisbane as well as local and outlying towns.
The Irish guest presenters were Ulster Historical Foundation executive director Fintan Mullan and research officer Gillian Hunt who were stopping off in Australia between conducting a lecture in the US and attending a genealogy conference in New Zealand.
Mr Mullan is a pioneer in the creation of online resources for Irish genealogy research.
He has lectured extensively on Irish genealogy in many countries including Australia.
The research workshops from 8.30am to 3pm covered: ■ Understanding Irish townlands
■ The different religious denominations in Ireland and how their histories affect the available records
■ Using the Registry of Deeds
■ Early 19th century land records
■ Irish education and school records
■ The Irish Poor Law and local government records
■ Using Irish wills and testamentary records
For further details on the foundation, go to www.ancestry ireland.com/.
IRISH ROOTS: Jaclyn Hine, Fintan Mullan and Dale Fogarty at the Irish research workshop in Nambour by the Ulster Historical Foundation.
Jocelyn Morgan, Elaine Reeves and Helen Page at the Irish research workshop.
Sam Dawes and Henry Nox.
Marlene Hoskin and Gillian Hunt.
Michele Eastwood and Jenny Neubecker.
Paul Ryan and Roger Power.