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Days 17 - Back To Our Past

   One of the reasons I plan my trip in October is so researchers can visit the Back To Our Past Conference at the RDS.  Here is the opportunity for US researchers to hear a number of local speakers on a wide variety of topics, as well as visit the booths in the exhibit area.  This year there was a DNA conference as part of Back To Our Past sponsored by FamilyTree DNA and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists.  The Keynote Address was given by Dr. Spencer Wells from National Geographic discussing the Genographic Project.  

   The largest presence in the exhibit area was FindMyPast, Ancestry and Eneclann, but there were quite a few smaller companies as well.   I’ve written in the past about the excellent digital (free) magazine Irish Lives Remembered and was able to meet and talk with Eileen Munnelly, the Managing Director.  

   I also met Lorna Moloney who coordinates the Ancestral Connections Genealogy Summer School at University College Cork.  The 2015 Program is scheduled for 28 June - 5 July 2015 (unfortunately I won’t be able to go…my daughter is getting married next July).  

   The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland was also present doing consultations.

   I did my lecture Come Out! Come Out! Wherever You Are: Hide and Seek on the Internet at 4:30 on Saturday followed by a mad dash back to the hotel to meet everyone for our final dinner at the Shelbourne Hotel.  Sean O’Duill and Lorna Moloney were our guests for the evening and Sean gave an interesting and funny talk on Irish Marriage Customs.  

   We had a good week in Dublin and tomorrow most of the group will either be heading out to visit the area where their ancestors lived, or back home.   Watch for the dates for the 2015 research trip or drop me a note and I’ll put you on the mailing list.

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