Showing posts with label The Gathering. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Gathering. Show all posts

13 May 2013


I received the following press release from John Hamrock, of Ancestor Network, Ltd., concerning a series of classes on County Monaghan genealogy. These classes, organized as part of  The Gathering Ireland 2013, will be offered in October in North Monaghan and in Carrickmacross.
So, if you have County Monaghan ancestry, put off that trip to Ireland no longer, and take advantage of the special genealogy events this year!

Genealogy Course for Monaghan Diaspora visiting from abroad announced
Monaghan, Ireland, May 2013

A unique Monaghan-focused Family History initiative is being organised as part of The Gathering 2013. It will provide two 4-day training courses within the county for tourists tracing their Monaghan ancestors.

The project is entitled ‘County Monaghan Genealogy – home to the little hills’. It will give participants information on the genealogical sources available, the cultural history of County Monaghan and the diversity of origin of its people. The courses will take place in North Monaghan from Monday to Thursday, 14-17 October, and in Carrickmacross from Monday to Thursday, 21-24 October. The courses are designed for individuals and groups with Monaghan ancestry living overseas and members of Irish societies and social clubs abroad.

This project is organised by Clogher Historical Society/Cumann Seanchais Chlochair, Monaghan County Library and the County Monaghan Heritage Gathering Committee. We would like to acknowledge the support of Cavan-Monaghan LEADER which is funding the project. The project is also being supported by the County Monaghan Fund and Monaghan Genealogy. The project will be delivered by Ancestor Network Ltd, a professional genealogy company.

Substantial funding for the project has resulted in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for overseas visitors to come to Monaghan to trace their roots, experience the warmth of a Monaghan welcome and explore its rich culture and history.

If you are a native of Monaghan or know someone who might be interested, contact: John Hamrock,, Tel: +353 87 0505296, Twitter: @ancestornetwork,

08 March 2013


     At a recent meeting of my Irish genealogy group, we shared favorite online Irish genealogy sites. These sites should be checked often, as information is added to the databases from time to time. Researching Irish ancestors from the armchair at home has never been easier, and the availability of online records is growing. Below are the top favorites from our group's discussion:

  • The Gathering Ireland: check before traveling to Ireland for genealogy, family, and local history events in Ireland in 2013.
  • Ireland Reaching Out: Genealogy initiative in Ireland where local parishes focus on tracing descendants of those emigrants who left the parish. Free databases to be online.
  • Ireland Genealogy Projects: volunteer-run FREE database. By county, and also check out the general archive section also.
  • Irish Archives 1901, 1911 census: FREE Irish census database includes original images!
  • Church records: free, but only for limited counties:
  • Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI): (some online databases for Northern Ireland)
  • Ballymoney: source for County Antrim graveyards
  • Connors Genealogy: besides all things Connors, this site has FREE online records for several Irish and New York counties.
  • Irish Family History Foundation: Largest database of Irish records, including Catholic and Church of Ireland records for almost all counties. Has a very complicated pricing system, so watch your wallets. Is a VERY valuable database, if you can afford it.
  • Find My Past: Britain's competitor to Various pricing programs. If you are also researching England and Scotland, this is a must-go-to site.
  • 04 March 2013


         If you are planning to visit Ireland in 2013, be sure to visit The Gathering 2013 online resources when planning your trip. I have been hearing from family historians who have been greatly helped with their trip planning by the resources that The Gathering provides.
         What is The Gathering? It is an effort by the Irish government to make 2013 a great year to visit Ireland by promoting family history, local history, festivals, and happenings all over the country. One man I met recently told me he has found a family reunion, cousins, and local genealogy events through the resources provided by The Gathering. I can't wait to hear his report on his Irish travels!
         If you are not yet planning a trip, the web site is still worth exploring.
    The Gathering Website:

    06 June 2012


        If you haven't visited the land of your ancestors yet, 2013 will be a year to remember. The Gathering, as this nationwide tourism effort is named, is a country-wide project to bring visitors to Ireland next year. The year promises to be a special one in Ireland, with a range of events both local and national. The Gathering has an evolving list of happenings and events, visit their website to keep current: