FREE search of NEHGS Irish databases

From August 2-9 (Tuesday-Tuesday), the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering free access to Irish records on its website AmericanAncestors.org.

It’s almost like they’re helping us celebrate the Celtic Connections Conference ’16, which begins Friday. (The NEHGS press release with details about their promotion is reprinted at the end of this posting.)

That reminds me: A copy of Marie E. Daly’s new book, Genealogist’s Handbook for Irish Research, was donated as a CCC door prize by The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). Here’s a description of the book’s contents:

In Genealogist’s Handbook for Irish Research, NEHGS Irish genealogy experts Marie E. Daly and Judith Lucey offer tips for navigating the sometimes challenging course of finding Irish ancestors. Using real-life examples and offering many illustrations of records and techniques, they take a step-by-step approach to using American records to trace Irish ancestors in this country, with the goal of finding the place of origin. They then explain how to use Irish records to learn even more. Drawing on their years of experience guiding those with Irish ancestry, Daly and Lucey focus not just on sources of records but—more important—on strategies for research and interpretation. The book includes to-do lists, illustrations and maps, a comprehensive table of online resources, and a detailed index.

Names will be drawn at the Celtic Connections Conference for Daly’s book and over 40 other valuable items. It’s not to late to attend the conference! Online registration will remain open for another day or two, plus walk-ins will be welcome on Friday and Saturday.

But if you’re stuck at home this week, you have options! Read about the special NEHGS promotion below:

Don’t Leave Your Irish Research to Luck — Leave It to American Ancestors

Research within the Irish Databases of NEHGS Is FREE for Eight Days with Registration as a Guest User

August 1, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts–Many believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office (PRO) in Dublin in 1922. While many records were destroyed in that devastating fire, other sources, such as deeds and Catholic Church records, were never stored in the PRO and still exist. A lot of Irish genealogical material has come online in recent years, and the growing list of Internet research options has resulted in many more people finding their ancestors in Ireland.

Experts at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) know the best resources for Irish genealogy and can teach you to use them effectively. During the Irish Resources FREE Access promotion from NEHGS—beginning Tuesday, August 2, and effective through midnight (EST) on Tuesday, August 9—Guest Users on AmericanAncestors.org can browse and use a wide variety of Irish records, articles, subject guides, and webinars:

Find Your Irish Ancestors in FREE Databases on AmericanAncestors.org

During this free access promotion, users can search unique collections such as Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920, and the NEHGS-exclusive database The Annals of Beara, The Session Book of Aghadowey, 1702-1725, plus many more.

Break through Your Irish Brick Wall

With expert resources from NEHGS, found exclusively on AmericanAncestors.org, family history enthusiasts can learn tips for navigating the sometimes challenging course of finding Irish ancestors. A free, hour-long webinar on NEHGS Irish Resources, an online subject guide to locate key resources and records in Irish genealogy, and popular articles from our award-winning American Ancestors magazine with fascinating insights about Irish and Irish American genealogy are all available during this Irish-themed promotion from American Ancestors.

Throughout the period of August 2 through August 9, these and other Irish genealogical resources on the website of NEHGS are FREE to Guest Users at AmericanAncestors.org/Irish-Research. Unlimited access to all one billion plus records on AmericanAncestors.org and other benefits are through membership at NEHGS.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 160,000 constituents through an award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources available for family historians of all levels when researching their origins across the country and around the world. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including manuscript documents, genealogical records, books, photographs, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

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