Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Researching Irish Genealogy: Planning is the Key to Success

Speaker: Eileen M. Ò’Dùill, CG, CGL

Eileen shared some extended info about her lecture for blog readers:
This lecture is designed to help researchers who have already familiarized themselves with the records available through their local Family History Centers. Resources in Ireland which will bring you to the next level will be discussed. The preparatory research necessary before embarking for Ireland and advice on the best use of time while in Ireland will be reviewed. Handy hints, gathered from experienced American researchers in Ireland will be shared.

Her "insider's guide" to repositories and resources in Ireland will . . .

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map out an effective research strategy and avoid the most commonly made mistakes. All of the major Dublin repositories will be discussed particularly the free Genealogical Advisory Services in the National Library and National Archives. An update on changes in the General Register Office in Dublin will be provided as well as a discussion of what they have planned for researcher access now that the computerization is nearly complete.

Speaker Bio:

Eileen Ò’Dùill, (nee O'Sullivan) was raised in Queens, New York, one of 7 children of Irish parents. She obtained a B.A. in history from Emmanuel College, Boston and an M.A. in history from New York University. In 1974, she followed her heart to Ireland where she met and married Sean O'Duill. Sean is a Mayo man with a great love for the Irish language. [Also a conference speaker and his bio will be posted soon on this blog.]

The Ò’Dùill's have 5 Irish speaking children: Rita, a secondary school teacher, Caitlin a primary school teacher, Sorcha a medical doctor, Sean, a post-graduate student at National University of Ireland at Maynooth and Laura, a Leaving Certificate (high school) student.

Eileen was fortunate in 1991 when she was able to turn a lifelong hobby into a business providing a professional genealogical research service. Being an American living in Ireland has enabled her to have a unique perspective on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and an understanding of her fellow countrymen in their quest for their Irish heritage.

Eileen has lectured at Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences in Ontario, California (2002) and in Orlando Florida (2003). She has also spoken at National Genealogical Society Conferences in Richmond, Virginia, Providence Rhode Island, Milwaukee Wisconsin, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Eileen has been a guest on several Irish Radio shows including the Gay Byrne Radio Show, Liveline and Family Tree. In 2000, Eileen co-authored Irish Civil Registration- Where Do I Begin? with Steven ffeary Smyrl and is recognized as an expert on the General Register Office. She has been admitted as expert genealogical witness at kinship hearings in the Surrogate Courts of New York State between 1991-2005.


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