From Ulster to New England: Researching Your Scots-Irish Ancestors

From Ulster to New England: Researching Your Scots-Irish Ancestors
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Sunday, October 21, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
In partnership with the New Hampshire Historical Society
Presented by experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation and NEHGS
Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH
Cost: $125

In 1718, more than 500 Scots-Irish men, women, and children arrived in Boston from Coleraine and Londonderry. In the same year, even more settlers made their way to other settlements across the New England colonies. These journeys mark the largest influx of Scots-Irish families to America. Join NEHGS, the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the Ulster Historical Foundation for a special genealogical seminar celebrating the 300th anniversary of this Ulster Scot migration. Discover the history of the Scots-Irish people and learn how to uncover the resources and records for your family history research.


9:00 Check-in, light refreshments
9:30 Opening remarks
10:00 Lecture: The 1718 Migration, Fintan Mullan
11:00 Lecture: Researching Ulster-Scots in New England, Eileen Pironti, NEHGS
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Lecture: NextGen Tools for Advancing Your Irish Research, Melanie McComb, NEHGS
2:00 Lecture: Navigating 17th and 18th Century Church Records in Ireland, Gillian Hunt
3:00 Break
3:15 Lecture: Ulster Plantation: Records, Resources, Research, Fintan Mullan
4:15 Door prize winners announced; conclude

About the speakers

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 a hugely experienced user of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the General Register Office. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK and the USA. She has visited Stone Mountain Highland Games (Atlanta, GA) on a number of occasions and also presented at Tourism Ireland's 'Discover Northern Ireland' in Grand Central Terminal, NYC in 2010. For the past five years, she has taught a number of extra mural courses at Stranmillis College and at Queen's University, in Belfast, as well as to community groups across Northern Ireland. Gillian also speaks each year at the Pudsey Family History Fair in Leeds, England. Gillian has carried out the research for a number of television programs, appearing in one which aired on BBCNI in 2010 and another which aired in autumn 2013. She has been with the Foundation since 2001, and received a degree in History (BA Hons, 1998) and a Masters in Historical Studies (MA, 2000) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Melanie McComb is a genealogy blogger (The Shamrock Genealogist) and international speaker. She has been researching her family history for over 16 years. Melanie is the Social Media Coordinator for the NextGen Genealogy Network, a genealogy non-profit. Her areas of expertise include New England, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Prince Edward Island, Ireland, and DNA.

Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. With IT partners BRS Systems he pioneered the online births, deaths and marriages online record system for Antrim and Down, which led to, the Irish Family History Foundation’s unique database with over 20 million Irish historical records, making it the most useful online resource for Irish research. He has ensured the Foundation has been at the forefront of digital database developments for Irish genealogy. Fintan’s publishing experience is extensive, since 2001 he has managed the production of over 100 individual and diverse publications including the perennial favorite Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation; sits on the board of, and is a member of the management committee of the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR), and a former member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Readers Forum. He is a regular speaker on the North American circuit; having presented Irish and Scot-Irish programs in most of the lower 48 states, and was one of the Northern Ireland presenters at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival July 2007. 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 Organisation and Management, both from Queen’s University Belfast.

Eileen Pironti, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press (NEHGS) graduated with a B.A. from Saint Anselm College, and received an M.S. from American University. She wrote about her ancestors’ participation in the colonization of Nobles County, Minnesota in “‘An Invitation to the Land’: Reconstructing James and Eliza Conlon’s Migration to Minnesota,” which was published in the Summer 2011 issue of American Ancestors magazine. She has lectured extensively on the Irish experience in America and genealogical research as part of online courses, research tours, and seminars in New England and Northern Ireland. Eileen's areas of expertise include Irish, Scottish, and 19th century New England research.

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