Two-day Ulster Historical Foundation Seminar

Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

with Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt
March 3 and 4, 2017, 9AM to 5PM

Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and have come online in recent years.

Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research. Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss this seminar!

Different topics on Irish and Scots-Irish research will be presented each day. Attend one or both days.

Class Itinerary for Ulster Historical Foundation Seminar


  • Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
  • Getting the Most Out of Griffith’s Valuation
  • Census Substitutes and Other Important Sources for the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Strategies for success
  • Church Records for Use in Genealogical Research: Part 1 – Baptismal, marriage and burial records
  • Using Printed Sources for Irish Family History: Newspapers, street directories, Ordnance Survey Memoirs and British parliamentary papers on Ireland
  • Emigration from the North of Ireland to North America: Strategies for researching emigrant ancestors


  • Understanding Irish Townlands: the importance of place, identity and administrative divisions in Irish research
  • An Introduction to Archives in Ireland and Their Websites
  • Church Records for Use in Genealogical Research: Part 2 – Administrative records – vestry minute books, communicant rolls, etc, and gravestone inscriptions
  • One of Irish Genealogy’s Best Kept Secrets: Using the Registry of Deeds, with a short introduction to Irish wills
  • Tracing Farming Families in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth century: Using landed estate records
  • The Ulster Plantation and Sources for Finding Seventeenth Century Families in Ireland (not just Ulster)

Handouts will be provided on the day you are attending.


Fintan MullanFintan Mullan is the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. Working with technology partners, Fintan was a pioneer in the creation of online resources for Irish research and has maintained the Foundation’s prominence in digital database developments for Irish genealogy. As Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation Fintan has managed the production of over 100 publications, including the popular Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors and has lectured extensively on Irish history and genealogy in the U.S. and in Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

Gillian HuntGillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and manages the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. She implements research for clients, teaches courses in Northern Ireland, and gives talks on family history in Ireland, the U.K. and U.S. Gillian has also carried out the research for a number of television programmes, as well as appearing in several.

$40 per day for members
$45 per day for non-members
$10 for optional lunch per day

Check-in begins at 8AM each day

Advance registration required: Seating is limited.

Individual 25-minute consultations are available with the Ulster Historical Foundation speakers during the seminar on a first come first served basis. The cost for a consultation is an additional $35, to be paid at the event.

Please register for each day separately. If attending both days please fill out BOTH forms below for Friday and Saturday.