Ulster Historical Foundation USA Lecture Tour, 03–20 March 2018

Want to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors?

Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and large collections have come online in recent years.

The Ulster Historical Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a long established and reputable research and publishing history. It is based in Belfast, N. Ireland and uses its knowledge to help those looking for their Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.

Join Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation during their annual North American lecture tour to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss these workshops!

Fuller contact details with additional information can be found at: 


Saturday, 3 March, Augusta GA (9:00am–4:30pm)

 Location:              Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901

Program Title:    Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Hosts:                   Augusta Genealogical Society and the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library

Web:                     www.augustagensociety.org

Telephone:         706-722-4073 (AGS, monitored by answering machine when not open)

E-Mail:                  augustagensociety@comcast.net

Main contact:    Margie Barton 706-736-3104; email: heyred@knology.net

Cost:                      $45 AGS members and Library Patrons

$50 non-members

Lunch and refreshment breaks included.


Sunday, 4 March, Pittsburgh PA (9:00am–4:30pm)

Location:              Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Program Title:    Irish Genealogy Workshop

Hosts:                   Heinz History Center and Westmoreland County Historical Society

Web:                     http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/irish-genealogy-workshop-2018

Telephone:         412-454-6361

Main Contact:    Sierra Green - sgreen@heinzhistorycenter.org

Cost:                      $30 for History Center and Westmoreland County Historical Society members

$40 for non-members

Optional box lunch is $10.95


Monday, 5 March, Boston MA (9:30am-4:00pm)

Location:              NEHGS Library and Archives, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

Program Title:    Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Hosts:                   The New England Historic Genealogical Society

Web:                     www.americanancestors.org

Telephone:         888-296-3447

E-Mail:                  education@nehgs.org

Cost:                      $85, includes breakfast and lunch


Tuesday, 6 March, Louisville KY (1:00pm–4:30pm)

Location:              The Filson Society, 1310 S 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40208

Program Title:    Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research Workshop

Hosts:                   The Filson Society

Web:                     http://filson.simpletix.com/EventDetails/33128/Time/76594/#.WjvvMtJl-Uk

Telephone:         502-635-5083

Main contact:    Jamie Evans - jevans@filsonhistorical.org

Cost:                      Free for Filson Society members; $20.00 for non-members


Wednesday, 7 March, Chicago IL (9:15am–3:00pm)

Location:              The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Program Title:    Irish Genealogy Workshop

Hosts:                   The Newberry Library

Web:                     https://www.newberry.org/03072018-irish-genealogy-research-program

Telephone:         312-943-9090 (ask for the Genealogy and Local History department)

Cost:                      Free, but registration is required


Thursday, 8 March, Madison WI (9:00am–5:00pm)

Location:              Memorial Library Room 126816 State Street, Madison, WI  53706

Program Title:    Irish Genealogy- Ulster Historical Foundation Lecture Tour

Hosts:                   Wisconsin Historical Society

Web:                     https://shop.wisconsinhistory.org/productcart/pc/Irish-Genealogy-Ulster-Historical-Foundation-Lecture-Tour-111p2615.htm

Telephone:         608-264-6519

Main contact:    Lori B. Bessler, Reference Librarian - lori.bessler@wisconsinhistory.org

Cost:                      $30.00 (10% off for Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society members! WSGS Members use code WSGS18 at checkout!).

Registration is required. Each attendee will receive a box lunch and can select from three choices when registering.


Saturday, 10 March, Ottawa ON (8:30am–4:30pm) 

Location:             The Chamber, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario

Program Title:   Tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Hosts:                   British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO)

Web:                     https://bifhsgo.ca/eventListings.php?nm=127

Telephone:         613-234-2520

Main contact:    Andrea Harding - andrea.harding@ktlgroup.ca

Cost:                      $20 members; $30 non-members

Optional box lunch


Sunday, 11 March, Philadelphia PA (9:00am–4:30pm)

Location:              Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs

50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053

Program Title:    Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Hosts:                   Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

Web:                     https://genpa.org/events/

Telephone:         267-686-2296 (GSP office is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

E-Mail:                  info@genpa.org

Cost:                      Before Feb 16 – Member:  $80.00 

Before Feb 16 – Non-Member: $90.00

Feb 16 to Mar 5: $100.00


Monday, 12 March, Nashville TN (5:30pm–9:00pm)

Location:              Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville TN 37076

Program Title:    Exploring Your Scots-Irish Genealogy

Hosts:                   Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Web:                     www.thehermitage.com

Telephone:         615-889-2941

Main Contact:    Hannah Howard - hhoward@thehermitage.com

Tickets:                 https://thehermitage.com/event/exploring-scots-irish-genealogy/

Cost:                      Monday Workshop $15 non-Members, Free for Members

Tuesday Individual Consultations $45/session (30 minutes)


Tuesday, 13 March, Nashville TN (9:00am–5:00pm)

Location:              Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville TN 37076

Program Title:    Day of individual research consultations

Hosts:                   Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Web:                     www.thehermitage.com

Telephone:         615-889-2941

Main Contact:    Hannah Howard - hhoward@thehermitage.com

Note:                    There are no presentations on Tuesday. This day will be devoted exclusively to private individual consultations for $45/session per person (30 minutes). Places must be reserved with the Hermitage staff directly on a first come first served basis.


Wednesday, 14 March, St Louis MO (1:00pm–5:00pm and 6:00pm–8:15pm)

Location:              St Louis County Library, Grant’s View Branch, 9700 Musick Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63123

Program Title:    Discovering your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots

Hosts:                   St Louis County Library History & Genealogy Department

Web:                     https://www.slcl.org/events or www.slcl.org/genealogy

Telephone:         314-994-3300, ext. 2070

E-Mail:                  genealogy@slcl.org

Main contact:    Scott Holl - sholl@slcl.org

Cost:                      The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Registration opens Feb. 1, 2018. Call 314-994-3300 to register.

Thursday, 15 March, Omaha NE (12:30pm–4:00pm and 5:30pm–9:30pm)

Location:              Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Center

67th & Dodge Streets, Omaha, NE

Program Title:    Irish Resources for Genealogists

Hosts:                   The Greater Omaha Genealogical Society

Web:                     https://gogsmembers.wordpress.com/

Telephone:         402-289-5733

Main Contact:    Cookie Leary - cookieleary1@msn.com

Cost:                      GOGS Members:

$60 (afternoon and evening with sandwich box)

$40 (afternoon session, no sandwich box)

$40 (evening session, no sandwich box)


$70 (afternoon and evening with sandwich box)

$50 (afternoon session, no sandwich box)

$50 (evening session, no sandwich box)

$10 Sandwich box if attending only 1 session (GOGS Members and non-members)

Saturday, 17 March, Fair Oaks CA - (9:00am-4:45pm)                 

Location:              Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Program Title:    "The Irish Are Coming"

Hosts:                   Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society

Web:                     www.rootcellar.org/cpage.php?pt=42

Info email:          info@rootcellar.org

Cost:                      $30 for RC Members; $45 for Non-Members

Optional Lunch available for $7.00

No Reservations accepted after March 3, 2018

Learn about your Irish Ancestors and have some Fun on St. Patrick’s Day!


Sunday, 18 March, Seattle WA (9:00am-5:00pm)

Location:              Upper Level Armory (formerly Center House), Seattle Center

                                305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Program Title:    Irish Genealogy Seminar

Hosts:                   Irish Heritage Club, Seattle

Web:                     https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irish-genealogy-seminar-tickets-42301967323

Telephone:         206-782-2629

E-Mail:                  genealogy@irishclub.org

Cost:                      Before Feb 21 - $25 per person

After Feb 21 - $35 per person

Irish Heritage Club Members - £25 per person


Tuesday, 20 March, Honolulu, HI (9:00am–4:00pm)

Location:              Von Holt Room, St Andrew’s Cathedral

229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813-2304

Program Title:    Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Hosts:                   Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii, the Friends’ of St Patrick

and the Hawaii State Public Library System

Web:                     https://standrewsocietyhawaii.org/calendar/ulsterinhawaii (click on 'Celtic Calendar) or www.facebook.com/events/357141324453946/

Telephone:         808-392-5020

Main Contact:    Brenda Reichel, Chieftain, Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii - poilady@aol.com

or Terrysue Reilly-Satta - terrysuesatta@gmail.com

Cost:                      $40.00 per person (fee includes morning meet and greet, and lunch)