Is Griffith’s jinxed?

We’ve entered the homestretch before the “Celtic Roots across America” conference beginning this Friday, August 5, in St Louis Park, MN.

The 2016 Celtic Connections Conference planners are beginning to suspect the topic of Griffith’s Valuation is jinxed. A few weeks ago, presenter Richard M. Doherty announced he was unable to attend; one of his sessions was to be “Tracking Generations Using 19th Century Irish Land Valuation Records.”

We were relieved to find a good substitute: Mary Ellen Grogan agreed to present two sessions including a two-hour workshop on Griffith’s Valuation records.

Alas, Ms. Grogan is now also unable to attend the conference.

With only a week left before CCC ’16, three already-scheduled presenters have stepped up and added another topic:

Brian Mitchell will discuss “Shipping Records and Their Usefulness When Searching for Your Ancestors.”

William Roulston will address “Church Administrative Records.”

Sheila Northrop will present “Cluster Searches.”

The conference will be grand success without a Griffith’s Valuation topic on the final schedule, and we’re hoping for a quiet week with no more surprises.

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