Saturday, 23 May 2015


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Thursday, 21 May 2015



When: Saturday, 13 June 2015 - 9.00 am to 12.30 pm

Where: Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne

Cost: $15.00 members and $20 non-members (includes morning tea)

Ireland to Australia: Researching your Irish ancestors

Presenter/s: Dr Richard Reid and Mary King

Ireland to Australia: Researching your Irish ancestors
Mary King was born and educated in Queensland. Using her Bachelor of Education degree, she spent her working life teaching in Queensland schools. Most of Mary's ancestors who came to Australia were Irish, which has enabled her gain practical knowledge and experience while researching her Irish ancestors and helping others as Convenor of the QFHS Irish Interest Group since 2003.
Learning to think Irish in a new way: This presentation will assist, in a practical and knowledgeable way, with Irish research in current times. It will show how Irish research has changed and how to use these changes to dispel the myth that Irish research is too difficult to undertake.
ReidDr Richard Reid born in Ireland and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, came to Australia in 1972. He obtained a Ph.D. on the topic of Irish assisted emigration to NSW, 1848-1870. 
 He has published a number of books including Farewell My Children: Irish Assisted Emigration to Australia, 1848-1870 and A decent set of girls: The Irish Famine Orphans of the Thomas Arbuthnot, 1849-1850. Read more...

The great tide of emigration: 19th century Irish emigration to Australia. ‘The great tide of emigration’ was how one newspaper described the vast numbers of Irish emigrants leaving Ireland, bound for North America, yet proportionally Australian received more Irish immigrants making this the most Irish country outside Ireland. This presentation will provide some answers as to how this happened and suggest how family historians might investigate the journey of their Irish forebears.
There is no person starving here: Australia and the Great Famine in Ireland, 1845-1850 The Great Famine in Ireland, 1845-50, is one of the few events in Irish history that most Australians with Irish forebears have heard of. They may think that their own ancestors were in some way affected by this catastrophe. What happened during the Famine and how did it impact on Australia?


 This event is being held in the beautiful Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Limerick on Friday 21st August and Saturday 22nd August, 2015.

 FRIDAY covers topics such as birth, marriage & death records, national school records, headstone research, researching neighbours, genealogy software, etc.

SATURDAY covers a vast range of topics, such as YDNA & Adare, DNA & solving Adoptee Mysteries, Irish Surnames, Ancient Annals & DNA, Munster DNA Project, Researching Your Irish Clans...

For full details see  


Well, here is your chance...

 There will be two Giveaways...

Giveaway #1
2 x Beginner Session Tickets: "Tech, Tea & Family Trees" (Value €20)
Join in with a friend or family member to a beginner level session. In partnership with the Irish Ancestry Research Centre ( this interactive 90MIN workshop will provide an overview of how to get started alongside with recommended resources on Irish genealogy - and cups of tea!

Giveaway #2

1 x Single Day Conference Ticket (Value €30)
Join in on a full day of learning at The Genealogy Event, with a series of talks and roundtables. Lunch included.
*winner can have choice of Fri OR Sat ticket (Sat will have a DNA focus vs Fri)

To enter, all you have to do is to answer either one or both questions as below... in the comments section beneath this post. At this stage, please don't include your full contact details... 
Winners will be drawn at the end of June and we will ask for more details at that time. Please be aware that all comments are moderated.

 The questions are...

Giveaway #1... Q. What prompted your interest in genealogy?

Giveaway #2... Q.  What brick wall/s are you trying to solve?

* Please Note in your answer which giveaway question you are answering... and there must be a separate answer to each question. * You must be able to attend or at least nominate a friend who can.

This event is sponsored by Roots Ireland..
Failte Ireland, Meet in Ireland, Limerick City and County Council, IPB Insurance are supporters to the event
Irish Ancestry Research Centre is event partner..

 DISCLAIMER: I, Crissouli, have no association or connection to this event, other than bringing this information to you.


Take Note...