The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30pm

Meeting at Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3. (doors open at 7:00pm... a short business meeting at 7:30pm
will be followed by our speaker)

Professional genealogist Nora Galvin will present The Registry of Deeds in Dublin Holds Genealogical Treasure.

The Registry of Deeds is a repository for deeds of sale, and, importantly, lease documents.   Though many Irish immigrants did not own property in Ireland, they or their ancestors may have leased land and recorded the leases at the Registry of Deeds.  Other types of documents were also recorded there, e.g., wills and marriage agreements.  This lecture introduces the Registry of Deeds and how to research there.   It discusses examples of documents that are loaded with genealogical information and demonstrates how to tie multiple research threads together in an attempt to reconstruct families.

About the speaker:
Nora Galvin, CG is a professional genealogist specializing in Irish and Connecticut research and genetic genealogy.  A former secondary-school science teacher, she had a 16-year career as a laboratory scientist before starting her family-research business in 2005.  Her work includes researching for clients and speaking on genealogy topics to genealogy societies and conferences.  She is active in her local genealogy group, Connecticut Ancestry Society, and is editor of their quarterly journal.  She is a past president of Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council and active as a volunteer consultant at their Ancestor Road Shows.  Nora is a descendant of nine immigrants from eight counties in Ireland, and knows with absolute certainty where five of them originated.  She is always looking for new information about the other four.

Upcoming Speakers

Future meeting lectures will be announced as soon as arrangements are completed.

Except July and August, TIARA usually meets either the second Friday evening of every month, or on the following Saturday morning at various locations.

On Friday nights, the meetings will be held at - Room G3 in the Mandel Center for Humanities, on the campus of Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham, Massachusetts. ( See the Brandeis University campus map for directions. )

Note that parking is free and handicap parking is available directly in front of the building.   Public Transportation is available via the Brandeis/Roberts "T" stop however the station is approx. 1/2 mile from the meeting facility.   The meetings are free and open to the public, but membership is encouraged.

The programs presented at the meetings vary, but may include general topics such as: how to do genealogical research; Irish history; resources for Irish research in the New England, Dublin, and Belfast area; and how to locate ancestors in Maritime Canada, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland.   Note that each meeting will begin with a brief TIARA business meeting and announcements of upcoming events that may be of interest to the members.

For information about upcoming programs, write to:
The Irish Ancestral Research Association
84 South St.
Waltham, Massachusetts

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Meeting Cancellation Notices

Meeting cancellations will appear on Boston's Channel 7 or 56 by 1:00 PM in case of severe weather.  
Cancellation Notices will also appear on Channel 7's website WHDH.   

Also, if classes are cancelled at Brandeis due to weather, the TIARA meeting will also be cancelled.

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