Expert Workshops

Expert Workshops

Our third guest speaker will be Hilary McDonaghHilaryMcDonagh (1)

Hilary McDonagh is the Founder and Director of Irish Ancestry, an organisation that has been involved for almost 10 years in genealogical and family research. This business has been built up through word of mouth referrals and has clients worldwide. Hilary undertakes family research providing a service to individuals & families; solicitors & businesses; as well as TV production companies. She is also currently co-ordinating and managing the research team of Ancestor Network.

Hilary has graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a BA in History & Geography and a Diploma in Genealogy. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management from Staffordshire University (UK). Hilary has links with a number of  Irish family history and genealogical societies and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Hilary has been a member of the Genealogical Advisory Service at the NLI (2012, 2013 & 2014) and the NAI (2012-2013). She has co-written a book entitled “The Lilac Years: A History of Maids of the Mountain Hockey Club 1918-1999” and has lectured at the UCC Genealogy Summer School and the 20/20 Lecture series at the NLI.


Hilary’s talk is entitled:

“Children and Genealogy Records”

which aims to look at some of the relevant
genealogical and historical sources for children in Ireland, mainly in the C19th and C20th.

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015.

Time: 2pm-3.30pm

Location: Trustees Room, National Library of Ireland.

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Our fourth guest speaker will be Aoife O’ Connor

Aoife O' Connor


Aoife O’Connor is the editor of Small Lives: Photographs of Irish Childhood 1860-1970 . Her current research interests include an expansion of her MA thesis ‘The Children of Dublin’s Prisons 1859-1891, Containment and Confinement in the City’ and topics related to her PhD with the University of Sheffield: the impact of digital resources on the study of the history of crime.

Aoife’s talk is entitled.

Seen? Heard? Records of Children in Nineteenth Century Ireland

Ireland’s proclamation declares that we as a nation will cherish “all of the children of the nation equally”, but in an age of high child mortality and child labour how were children really thought of, how were they really treated?   Was your grandfather an ‘idler at home’, was your grandmother ‘mammy’s pet’?  A child soldier?  A servant in a big house?  Imprisoned?  How different was childhood in the 1800s from today? in this talk Aoife O’Connor explores nineteenth century attitudes to childhood by drawing on a variety of records which can be used to reconstruct your ancestor’s childhood.

Date: Thursday 5th March 2015.

Time: 3pm-4.30pm.

Location: Trinity College Dublin.

These are free ticketed events. To apply for a ticket please email expertworkshop@localhost

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