Brian Boru, Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon Bonaparte all feature in the titles of the Presentations at the 5th annual Back To Our Past [BTOP] event at the RDS, Dublin, on the weekend of 17-19 October 2014. As usual, over the three days of BTOP there will be two concurrent strands of free talks on a range of Irish heritage topics. Oral tradition, graveyards, school records and newspapers feature as sources, while there are several lectures on emigration. Online research, London record repositories and tracing ancestors in British India all feature.
Among the speakers will be familiar faces such as Else Churchill, Brian Donovan, Fiona Fitzsimons, and John Grenham. Also lecturing at BTOP for the first time are the Detroit genealogist Richard M. Doherty, a frequent visitor to Kerry and Patrick Fitzgerald of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. In addition there will be the usual presentations on behalf of the genealogical companies Ancestry.com, Eneclann and Findmypast.
The Presentations are organised by the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland [APGI] on behalf of BTOP.
The Presentations provide a focus for BTOP, but it is a heritage experience with much more happening. Exhibitors representing Irish and overseas genealogical societies, data providers, record repositories, heritage magazines and heritage sites will be on hand to give advice and engage with individual enquirers. This is a chance for family, military and local history buffs to put questions to the likes of the General Register Office of Northern Ireland, the National Archives, Eneclann, FamilyTreeDNA, Findmypast, TIARA, Ancestry and Irish Roots Magazine, or to join a society. As usual, Eric Knowles of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will be on hand to advise on heirlooms, while visitors may wander through the Over 50s Show in the main RDS Hall and into the neighbouring Coin & Stamp Fair.
BTOP also contains a ‘show within a show’ run by the International Society of Genetic Genealogists [ISOGG] and sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA. It consists of a stream of lectures on genetic genealogy running throughout the weekend.
Back To Our Past runs from 11 am until 7pm daily. Tickets are €10 at the door, but can you can get a €3 reduction by booking online at <www.backtoourpast.com>. where full details of the presentation programme are posted.
Eneclann will be exhibiting at stand 30, 30a, 31 and 31a, with a team of our expert researchers ready to help you with all your family history research, Eneclann will also be giving three talks throughout the weekend, you can also sign up to our newsletter over the weekend and be in with a chance of winning some very exciting stuff (more details to come)
We will be joined at our stand with our lovely friendsTIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) who will be more than happy to help you with all you need to know about your American roots.
Have a look at the Eneclann Timetable for talks at Back to our Past 2014.
Don’t forget to also pop over to our partners at findmypast who will be there all weekend to help you with your family history research needs.
Back To Our Past runs from 11 am until 7pm daily. Tickets are €10 at the door, but can you can get a €3 reduction by booking online at <www.backtoourpast.com>.