Ulster Historical Foundation
Tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors, 5–12 September 2018
Running from 5–12 September 2018, Tracing your Irish Ancestors will mark the tercentenary of the 1718 migration and 300+ years of Irish migration with visits to sites and places synonymous with the migration of Ulster and Irish families to the New Worlds (North America, Australasia, South Africa, etc).
Choose to research in the archives or visit some of Ireland’s most historic sites
During our 7 day conference you will be able to shape your own experiences by choosing to research in the different archives in Belfast and Dublin or join our staff on daily excursions through Ireland’s beautiful landscape to some of its most historic sites.
Research Director Dr William Roulston assisting past conference members
300+ years of Irish migration
Tours during our 2018 programme will see you embark on a guided through the Bann Valley, the area in Ulster most directly associated with the 1718 migration; walk on the walls and explore the historic port city of Derry~Londonderry, one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe; uncover the stories of some of the earliest people to travel from Ulster to Australia at the Down Museum; visit the Ulster American Folk Park which is dedicated to the story of emigration from Ulster to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Delegates can delve deeper into the past with visits to the Hill of the O’Neill in Dungannon to learn about the ‘Flight of the Earls’ in 1607, when two of Ulster’s leading Gaelic chiefs left the island for Continental Europe, never to return, and visit Barons Court, the magnificent seat of the Duke of Abercorn whose ancestors migrated from Scotland over 400 years ago.
Our day trips include visits to renowned historical sites of interest across the island of Ireland as you will journey into pre-history to marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage site at Newgrange (Brú na Bóinne) and look out onto the North Atlantic Ocean from the stones of the Giant’s Causeway.
You will also visit Kilmainham Gaol, one of Dublin city’s most important monuments and visitor attractions and view the beautifully illustrated Book of Kells at Trinity College. Not to mention dining at Belfast’s historic Harbour Commission and at the highest pub in Ireland, the Ponderosa (set at the top of the Glenshane Pass in the Sperrin Mountains).
One of the best aspects of the conference (outside our wonderful day trips to these great visitor attractions) is that delegates will to have the chance to sit down with a genealogist and work out a research strategy.
At our conferences there is always someone nearby if you hit a brick wall, need a word interpreted or just need a little bit of encouragement. With a number of different genealogists on hand throughout the week, if they choose to do so, our delegates are able to obtain advice from a different expert every day. And our panel have their own particular research specialisms to offer our guests.
Join us in September and learn about the dramatic history of Ulster and the lives of your Irish ancestors. You will be made very welcome. For more information please visit:
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