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This was our most topical and innovative workshop to date, and it drew a capacity audience.
Claire examined the benefits but also the problems that new technology can bring to family historians.

We all know that technology has delivered a ‘digital revolution’ in Irish family history.
In the last decade more than 100 million Irish records have gone online.

Easier access to the records has transformed Irish family history from a minority pastime to a popular hobby.
Tracing your family tree back many generations is now open to everyone.
There is also greater ease of access to information and research online, via social media (Twitter, Facebook) and Message Boards.
It has become standard practise to review family trees and boards online.

Claire raised key questions about how we, as family historians, respond to the new technology.
She covered the “netiquette” of putting family trees online: be aware that once you publish, you can’t put the genie back into the bottle.
If a distant cousin decides to take your research and replicate it elsewhere, there’s not much you can do.
If privacy is important to you, check the website to see if you can set limits to who has access to your family tree or research.

Digital technology shouldn’t remove our critical ability to question other people’s research, or to identify potential errors.
Modern technology creates new opportunities for research, but technology can’t dispense with basic research methodology.

Claire delivered a good overview of her subject, that was thoughtful and considered.

By, Fiona Fitzsimons

Back To Our Past 2014

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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.

 

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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>.

See you there!

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Back to our Past 2014

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Back to our past 2014 is here again, 17th, 18th and 19th October 2014 Industries Hall, RDS Dublin, Ireland

Friday: 11am – 7pm

Sat & Sun: 11am – 7pm

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,

Eneclann Timetable for talks at Back to our Past 2014.

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  For further details:  phone 00 353 1 496 9028,

or go towww.backtoourpast.com

see you there 🙂

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