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Day 15 - 16 - Research and Back To Our Past

With cousin Anita Gallagher at

Back to Our Past

   The final day of research had people all over Dublin…the Library, the Archives, the Deeds and the Valuation Office.  There was also a trip to Glasnevin Cemetery and even out to Dún Laoghaire.  Friday was the first day for Back to Our Past including the Genetic Genealogy Ireland Conference, which some decided to attend.   There were also those who elected to spend the last day sightseeing with a bus tour up to the Boyne Valley including the Hill of Tara and Newgrange.

   Only the National Library is open on Saturday morning.  Some took advantage of last minute research and most headed out to the RDS for Back to Our Past.  This is the 7th year for this conference in Ireland.  Conferences here focus more on “stalls” or booths as we would know them, with less focus on lectures.  I did a lecture on “Finding Your American Cousins” focused on the Irish audience, but the lecture was only 30 minutes.  Many of the sessions were just Q&A.  

   Our final dinner was at the Shelbourne Hotel on St. Stephen’s Green.  John Grenham, author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors was our guest and shared his thoughts on what’s coming in Irish genealogy.  He answered questions and signed a copy of his book for one researcher.  It was a great end to a week of learning and research.  

   On Sunday, many of the researchers are headed out to the countryside to visit the places where their ancestors lived, and some are headed home.   I’ll be sleeping in, going to Christ Church in the morning and attending a few more DNA lectures in the afternoon.  In between I’ll be packing as my flight home is on Monday morning.   I hope those of you who have followed this blog for almost three weeks have enjoyed it.  If you’re thinking of taking a research trip to Ireland, I’ll be posting the dates for next year sometime in the next month.  


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