Friday, February 17, 2017

Clans and Surnames 2017 Conference, Ireland

From the 15th to the 19th of May 2017, the Clans and Surnames of Ireland Genealogy Programme will take place at the Great National Abbeycourt Hotel in Nenagh, County Tipperary. The scheduled programme will include expert genealogy workshops, seminars, lectures, field trips and valuable research advice for Irish family researchers.
Field trips will be offered in County Clare, Limerick, and Galway to facilitate a range of requirements. The programme offers walking tours, graveyard tours, and landscape character assessment fieldwork. Conservation, preservation & collections care workshops are also scheduled within the programme for the week.
Speakers include  Kenneth Nicholls, Dr Paul MacCotter, Patrick Guinness, Sean J. Murphy, Fiona Fitzsimons, Dr Joe Mannion, Donough McGillacuddy,  David Ryan, Regina Sexton, Lorna Moloney, Dr Michael C. Keane, Dr Ursula Callaghan, Rosaleen Underwood, Brian Donovan, John Tierney, Aiden Feerick, John Nangle,  Margaret Jordan, Jennifer Armstrong Zinck, Jane Halloran-Ryan, Jennifer Wood, Tony Harpur. Tony Browne, Penny Walters, and Treasa Kerrigan.
More details about the programme, including registration, can be found here.


May 15 -        Arrival at Nenagh, Abbeycourt Hotel. Welcome and Introductions
11.30               Registration
1.00 - 5.00  Genealogy Assessment and research needs workshops 2 -5.  Exploration of your personal   research requirements. One to one guidance sessions and research planning for your Irish  family research.
1.00-1.30         How to create your family tree using computer software
1.30 -2.00        Drawing your Irish family tree~
2.00 -2.30        Developing your Irish family research
2.30 -3.00       Online tools and resources for collating your Irish family research
3.30 -4.00The Dos and Don't for Family trees
4.00 - 4.30       Maximising your family history research sessions
4.30 - 5.00       Document content management and dealing with research outputs
5.00 - 5.30      Overcoming research brick walls
Our Timetable is available TIMETABLE
Exhibition  The Casey Corner   'From Ireland to America - Genealogical Legacies  from the Irish Diaspora - Casey Connections'   The exhibition explores the Irish roots of   James E. Casey founder of  UPS
This exhibition examines the Genealogical wonders of O'Kief Coshe Mange collated and collected by Albert  Eugene Casey and explores its family history legacies. There will be a lecture on same during the research week.
7.30              Dr Joe Mannion - Clans and Surnames of Ireland Opening lecture                       'Clans and Surnames
May 16
8.00 - 9.00  -  Registration
9.00 - 10.00  -  Introduction to Irish genealogy sources
10.00 - 11.00 - Understanding Irish land records & Irish placenames
11.00 - 11.30   Break
11.30 - 12.15  Townland, Tithes and Taxes, Strategies and census substitutes
12.15 - 1.00   How to use online mapping tools for Irish genealogy - Historical GIS
1.00-2.00        LUNCH
2.00-3.00         Registry of Deeds
3.00 -4.00        Latest Irish research sources
4.00 - 4.30      Convicts and Criminals in Irish family research
4.30 -5.00      Using subscriptions sites for Irish family research
5.30 - 6.30    Early Evening Meditation with Sacred Sites
7. 00 - 8.30         Dinner &  Evening Lecture with Culinary Historian Regina Sexton
May 17
8.00 -11.00      Registration
9.00 -9.30       Roundtable discussion
9.30 - 10.00    Catholic Parish Registers
10.00 - 11.00   Civil Parishes and Death registration sources
11.00 - 11.30   Break
11.30 - 12.30  Evaluation and Comparing tools for graveyard and ancestry
12.30 - 1.00   Irish Newspaper sources, Obituaries for research
1.00 - 1.30  -  The legacies of the O'Kief Coshe Mange Cork and Kerry ancestors
1.30 - 2.30    Lunch
2.30 -5.30        Afternoon field trip to Portumna Workhouse & Portumna Castlefor lectures, learning and online sources and fieldtrip led by Dr Paul MacCotter 
May 18
8.00 - 9.00   Registration
9.00 - 10.00Roundtable discussion - The Psychology of Searching
10.30 - 11.30 Conservation and Collections Care
11.30 - 1.00  Putting it all together - Disseminating your research, finalising                              sources and citations -How to write up your family history, methods                      and strategies
1.00 - 2.00   Lunch break
12.30 -1.00    Roundtable discussion
2.00 -3.30 -  Irish surname workshop
3.30 - 4.00 - Break and discussion
*Margaret Jordan Genetic Genealogist will be available in the afternoon from 2.00 - 4.00 to answer questions on DNA projects.
4.00 - 5.30     DNA - Patrick Desmond Carl Alexander Guinness, KCEG KLJ
 * We have a webinar organised with Jennifer Armstrong-Zinck on 'What now - how to deal with your DNA results'
7.00   - Evening Plenary Lecture with Kenneth Nicholls 'Old Laws and Obsolete legal terms: some Guidance for the perplexed researcher', followed by Evening Dinner.
May 19 
10.00 - 10.45  Backing up your genealogy research
11.00 - 12.00  How to continue with your Irish family research
12.00 - 12.30  Roundtable discussion - Regional surnames
May 19 - Conference papers &  seminars - Clans and Surnames. 
Featured Papers   1.30 - 3.30
  • Michael J. Keane - From Laois to Kerry - Transplantation of the 7 Septs in 1607
  • Donough McGillacuddy - 'From Ibernia to Iveria' 
  • Penny Walter 'Is adoption the Primal Wound?
  • Jennifer Wood - The Quest to find Prendergast Ancestors in Ireland'
  • Jane Halloran-Ryan - Tyredagh Clunes- what we can learn from one family's journey from  County Clare to Connecticut
  • Tony Harpur - The Glory of the O'Deas.
  • Deirdre Hunt  The O'Dwyers of Cadiz - 'The Mystery of Antony O'Dwyer in the Eighteenth century.     
*We also have papers for reading and review so contact Lorna to arrange readers for same and to arrange  at
3.30   Finale - Certificate ceremony presented by Kenneth Nicholls.
Clans and Surnames of Ireland  Programme
Great National Abbeycourt Hotel, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Friday 19 May 2017           Email:
Telephone: 353-85-8721184
One to one consultation will be scheduled on request with our panel of researchers and experts. The panel are:
[Kay Caball] [Lorna Moloney ] [David Ryan] [Paul MacCotter} [Tony Browne] {Rosaleen Underwood] [Sean J. Murphy][Aiden Feerick] [Ursula Callaghan] [Jane Halloran-Ryan]
For any inquiries regarding the programme, please contact: Lorna Moloney at

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