Free lunchtime family history talks at NLI

Press Release – Monday 20th August 2012

Free lunchtime family history talks at the National Library of Ireland

If you’re interested in family and local history then the National Library of Ireland (NLI) is for you this month!  Twenty experts in the field of Irish family history will speak as part of a series of short lunchtime talks throughout the month of August, giving you the tools to help you along with your own family tree research.

The talks are being run as part of the free Genealogical Advisory Service available to anyone who calls in to the NLI or the National Archives and are being organised by Eneclann and Ancestor Network, in partnership with the NLI.  You can read more about the Genealogical Advisory Service at the NLI at

Talks are taking place most days in August at 1pm in the Seminar Room.  We’ve had a fantastic response to the talks so far, so while there is no need to book and seats are available on a first come, first served basis, we do recommend getting there early to secure your spot.

Speaking this week (from Monday 20th August) are:

  • Carmel Gilbride, Eneclann, speaking on using Valuation Office records to trace your family
  • Jim Herlihy, author of The Royal Irish Constabulary, on the records of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police
  • Cliona Weldon,, speaking on using Findmypast to trace your family history
  • William Roulston, of the Ulster Historical Foundation will be talking about Scots-Irish emigration from the 17th to the 19th centuries
  • Catriona Crowe, National Archives of Ireland will be giving a talk on ‘National Archives of Ireland: sources online’

I have attached the full list of lunchtime talks running throughout August, and further information can also be found either on the Eneclann website at or the NLI’s events page at

If you would like any further information, or have questions, please contact Carmel Gilbride (carmel.gilbride@localhost) or Vicky McAlister (vicky.mcalister@localhost) by email or telephoning the Eneclann offices on 01 671 0338.

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