Date(s) - 24/08/2011
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Claregalway Hotel


Investigating your Family History – A Practical Approach

This year, in conjunction with Galway County Council a workshop entitled Investigating your Family History – A Practical Approach was held as part of Heritage Week. This included the launch of the Western Family History Association’s new website by the Deputy Mayor of County Galway Cllr. Bridie Willers.

There was a large attendance, in excess of 120 people. This included the active retired members of our community who have a wealth and knowledge of family history ready and waiting to be tapped into, but there were many younger enthusiasts also. Investigating your Family History – A Practical Approach took place at the Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway, Co. Galway on Wednesday 24th August from 7.00 – 10.00pm.

Investigating your Family History – A Practical Approach – Format:

7.00 – 7.30pm Launch of the Western Family History Association Website. Welcome by Michael Connaughton, WFHA Chairperson and Marie Mannion, Galway County Heritage Officer. A brief description of the website by WFHA webmaster Tim Murphy. Launch of website by Deputy Mayor Cllr. Bridie Willers.

7.30 – 8.00pm Sources for Tracing your Family Tree. Bríd Higgins, WFHA Secretary, spoke on Administrative Divisions and the different sources for tracing ancestry – Census, Church, Civil, and Land records including the Repositories where they are located.

8.00 – 8.30pm Break for Refreshments – Tea & Coffee.

8.30 – 9.00pm Tracing Ancestry through a Galway’s Genealogy Centre. Siobhan McGuiness of Galway Family History Society West spoke on history of the county genealogy centres, sources available at their centre, parishes covered and researching at the centre both commissioned research an online research.

9.00 – 9.30pm Putting Your Family Tree Together. Gerry Naughton, WFHA Committee member spoke on compiling your Family Tree together, the importance of writing down details and records available on the web.

9.30 – 10.00pm Questions and Answers Session

Heritage Week 2011