Thursday, March 7, 2013

News from Find My Past Ireland and a free offer is hosting an Irish Family History Centre in Dublin from Thursday 14 March until Monday 18 March, and if you have the opportunity to attend this event I hope you will take it. When I was in Dublin in January I stopped by the building in which the event is to take place, and they were then beginning the refit of the space, in preparation for this event. It is the perfect venue, an old church building, formerly outfitted solely as a tourist centre.

Not to worry, if you don't have the opportunity to attend the event, then be sure to stop by the Find My Past Ireland website, on that weekend, since they will be offering free credits to view materials on their website. It will give you the chance to see the kinds of materials to which they offer access. The site is particularly good for viewing old prison registers and county directories, and they regularly add lots of new material which you may find of value to your research. By the way, I am not a paid spokesperson for Find My Past, I have simply found the site to be useful.

This morning I received the following press release about the event from Find My Past Ireland:

FINDMYPAST.IE to host Irish Family History Centre
  • Free event offering access to millions of family history records
  • Expert genealogists on-site to help ‘find your past’
Thursday, 7th March 2013: – Family History website,, will be taking over the Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk Street from Thursday 14th – Monday 18th March to create an ‘Irish Family History Centre,’ in association with The Gathering Ireland.  The Centre will be free all weekend and is open to the general public. is encouraging everyone curious about their family history to come along over the St Patrick’s Day Weekend, to avail of free expert advice, lectures and access to the company’s more than 65 million Irish family history records.
The Centre will be open from Thursday 14th to Monday 18th March, and those interested in enquiring about genealogy or looking for help with their family tree can visit without appointment, and speak to the team. Computers will be available throughout the Centre providing free access to the website  and its 65 million records,  including births, marriages and deaths, newspapers, criminal registers and travel and migration archives .
There are up to 80 million people around the world claiming Irish ancestry and General Manager Cliona Weldon is expecting a large interest, not just from Irish guests, but from visitors further afield: “St Patrick’s Day is always a busy time of year for us at with people from home and abroad keen to unearth their Irish connections. We are expecting huge numbers over the St Patrick’s Festival Weekend coming to visit us to help find their past, and we are really looking forward to seeing what great stories we can uncover for them..
 “What better time to trace your roots and celebrate being Irish than on St. Patrick’s Weekend? People from all over the world can reach out to our site to claim their Irish heritage. Despite our economic woes and our bad weather, it seems that everybody still wants to be Irish!  With over 22 American Presidents and a host of well known figures from Walt Disney to Britney Spears having claimed Irish ancestry, it seems being Irish is always in fashion.”
For those who cannot make it to the Irish Family History Centre next weekend, will be offering free credits on the website throughout the weekend on 

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