Friday, August 11, 2006

Lecture: Irish-American Famine Immigration sponsored by the Irish Family History Forum

Lecture Title: Irish-American Famine Immigration
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Whelan
Sponsoring Organization: The Irish Family History Forum

Speaker biography
One of Ireland's best known and widely published scholars, was named the inaugural Michael Smurfit Director of the Keough-Notre Dame Centre in Ireland in 1998; has lectured in over a dozen countries; has published fifteen books and almost 100 articles on Ireland's history, geography and culture.

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Sponsoring Organization
The Irish Family History Forum (IFHF) is a Long Island(New York)-based organization that supports the Irish family research efforts of its members. Founded, in 1991, as the Long Island Chapter of a prominent Minnesota based genealogy group, the Forum became an independent organization in 1993. It is a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and the Genealogy Federation of Long Island (GFLI).

It is also a sponsor of the all-volunteer GFLI Indexing Project. This project has made available on the internet an index of approximately five million naturalization, marriage, and death records for the boroughs of New York City. Some of these records are from as early as 1866 and as late as 1938.

The Forum hosts monthly meetings that feature professional guest speakers. Recent guests have included Dr. Brian Trainor and Fintan Mullan from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast; genealogists June DeLalio and Donna Moughty; and Irish-born author Tom Phelan. Each meeting is usually preceded by an informal help session, where members come together to discuss their research problems, to share their success stories, and to seek guidance from more experienced members.

The Irish Family History Forum has a rapidly growing and expanding member-use library consisting of over 300 items including: books, audio and video tapes, CDs, pamphlets, reference materials, journals, and newsletters of general and Irish-related genealogical significance.

The Forum’s bi-monthly Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum (indexed in PERSI), features informative articles on the latest developments in genealogical methodology, resources, finding aids, and repositories; articles on historical topics relevant to Irish family history research; reviews of our monthly presentations; articles from members discussing their genealogical experiences; a member queries section; and other items of interest. Our series on the Roman Catholic Parishes in the five boroughs of New York City - which includes the starting dates, current contact information, and map location for each parish - has earned mention in several genealogical publications for its value in determining the parish our ancestors most likely attended at a particular point in time.

The Irish Family History Forum can be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 67, Plainview, NY, 11803 or by visiting our website at www.IFHF.org.

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