“If you want to produce a family tree, start with yourself. Then talk to your parents and all older relatives.” This was the key point made by a panel of experts at a Genealogy Workshop held in the River Island Hotel recently.
If you missed the event, don’t worry as there’s another one planned for an evening in deep January or early in February. .
“While numbers were limited at the recent gathering – as there was an unforeseen clash with the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo – those who did attend found it of great value. “It was unfortunate that we clashed with the big event at the community centre but there will be other nights soon,” said co-organiser, Pat Mitchell.
The organisers sent the following nuggets of advice for anyone who wishes to start the rooting process ahead of the next gathering in early 2016. To start a family tree use familyecho.com to provide a structure.
It’s a great resource with a simple family tree builder included. For information going back further than that available from the living sources there are further online resources. The census records of 1901 and 1911 are a wonderful source. Irishgenealogy.ie has official records going back to 1840 for state records and 1820 for church records.
Starting a Family Tree
“There were three reasons for our workshops: To display a selection of local family trees; to compare family trees and find links and to assist people in starting a family tree.
“We propose to hold a further workshop in late January or early February 2016. If you have an interest we hope to see you there,” said Mr. Mitchell.
If you want more information of the topic of family research you can contact: Pat Mitchell on 087 28 40 528 or Jennifer on 087 94 93 45.
You can also log into the recommended website with a click on the link here: www.familyecho.com