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UPDATES: (Going forward will provide updates at the top and above the ***** noted below.  Additionally I will keep messages minimized so as not to bombard you with emails!)



If you are intending to attend and/or have purchased tickets there is interest in hearing about your Irish family history - be it the challenges, the discoveries, what you are hoping to gain from the event etc.  Whether you are US based or know someone / are someone based in Ireland I'm interested in putting you in touch with the person who is writing an event release.  Simply let me know and I can then coordinate next steps.  You'd only need to offer up about 10MIN or so by phone and share what you'd be open to having shared in a release.  Who knows if it's included, could help you with some further info!


Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland will now be conducting 20MIN consultations for those interested in directing specific research queries.  A prebooking option will be available and will be sent out to all ticketed attendees.  This is included in the ticket price.

More updates to come...!  Encourage your friends and family to come to make this a fun event full of genealogy enthusiasm!

Please see website for the latest information on the program.

As always email me with any questions.  The countdown is on...only 2 more months!


Fiona Fitzsimmons, Research Director for Eneclann is now confirmed for the Advanced Segment, which is only taking place on Sat. Aug 22nd.  She will deliver two workshops in the (3) hour time span:

1. Registry of Deeds: How to find the documents you want, and interpret them

2. Records of Children Raised in Care in Ireland: 1840-1995.  With the increased focus in this area, especially brought about with the movie Philomena this was a hugely popular session she first delivered in November in Ireland.  Attendees were waiting outside in the rain to listen for it.

The countdown is now on...only 7 months away until The Genealogy Event (Ireland). It is hoped that there will be a good mix of locals and internationals at the event - that would make for fun in terms of expanding knowledge on each others' countries and record keeping tips!


I imagine a number may be unfamiliar, however they are well known speakers on the Irish genealogy circuit and have come highly recommended and/or am familiar with their delivery.

Eileen O'Duill - Vital Records: Church & Civil Records

Tony Browne - Overview on the History of Limerick

Brian Donovan - Landlord and Tenants: Land and Estate Records for Irish Family History

John Tierney - Graveyard Research

Dr David J Butler - Surname Origins

Brian Donovan - Murderers, Rebels and Drunkards: Your Irish Ancestors and the Law

Margaret Jordan - Using DNA in Researching Your Family Tree

Dave Enright - Technology & Genealogy

Jane Halloran Ryan - Research in North America

Lorna Moloney - Military / Pension Records

Confirming soon:

Newspaper Research, Resources of the National Library, Resources of National Archives, County Research (that will have an open Q&A from attendees)


Ticket sales opened on Saturday Feb 1st at about 9am Ireland time - and - tickets were already bought that morning!  So hoping this will be a fun event for all - and best part that both Irish based and Irish Americans can connect - over genealogy!


The Genealogy Event (Ireland) will take place across 2 days for the main event (sessions, with some exhibitor tables and likely expert sessions) with a number of evening special events / day excursions.

Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC), exhibitor at The Genealogy Event in NYC, has now joined on as Event Partner.  I will in fact be meeting with them at the end of this month so may have some new collaborations / ideas to share.


Thursday - Summer BBQ along the Abbey River
Friday - 9:15AM - 6PM: General Sessions PLUS Night Out at the Races (Optional)
Saturday - 9:15AM - 2PM: General Sessions | 2:30PM - 5:30PM: Advanced Segment PLUS Georgian Style Party at One Pery Square

There may be additional events and excursions added on Wednesday and Sunday.


Dr David J Butler of Irish Ancestry Research Center has been confirmed to speak at the event.  With a geography focused education he will share key details on surname origins.


Online tickets start February 1st via the website.


The setting will be in Limerick, named the City of Culture for 2014 - the first Irish city to be named so and thus promises a year full of celebration. Limerick is undergoing a magical transformation that has been readily kickstarted by the renovation of King John's Castle. St Mary's Cathedral, built in the 12th century which I finally visited last visit: spectacular.  Might I add these plus many other destinations are only a short walk from the hotel!


The website ( has now been updated with key details, including travel information.  I would encourage you to at minimum book your rooms so as to secure space at the conference hotel.  It is so well placed!

Imagine being immersed in Irish Ireland!

Last let your friends and family now.  My own personal goal is to see representation from each county of Ireland - be it by residence or by roots...we'll see how well I can achieve it.  I'm already at one with Limerick, possibly two with some indirect ancestors from Tipperary!

Any questions let me know.  I will be your meetup 'guide' in Ireland.

Can I say I'm excited?! With the format of this event I think I might be able to partake in some of the learning sessions too!

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  • patty

    For those of you who are attending the Limerick Event...Is anyone arriving Delta Wed a.m.? Would love to share a taxi...

    August 12, 2014

    • patty

      Thanks Bridget! Didn't know there was a contact person. Just saw taxi easiest way. Very excited!!! See you soon!

      August 13, 2014

    • Bridget

      If get a chance will post the post ticket purchase newsletters to this site too (would have come via eventbrite hopefully not in junk mail

      August 13, 2014

  • patty

    Ok Bridget, booking a flight tonight! I'm in!

    2 · July 8, 2014

    • Bridget

      What great news! If you plan to stay at conference hotel be sure to book direct as they are holding a block. Details: €95 - Room Only (superior king room single occupancy)
      €105 - Bed & Breakfast (superior king room single occupancy)
      €60 (Per Person Sharing) - Bed & Breakfast (superior king room twin occupancy) To obtain special rate rooms MUST BE BOOKED DIRECTLY WITH THE HOTEL:
      Contact: Ann Marie Verdon - Reservations Manager
      Email: [masked] | Phone: [masked]
      Quote "GENEALOGY" to gain special conference rate

      July 8, 2014


    I intend travelling to Limerick for the August get together. I live in Dublin, originally from Offaly. My parents were from Laois and Cavan. I sought help from the group last year to try and find a Grand Uncle of mine (John Whelan) who landed on Ellis Island Jan 13th 1893 and went to Bedford Mass. Neither the group or myself could advance the search. At a family gathering last July (85 attended) I discovered my cousin had a huge interest in tracing her families. (she is also a Grand Niece of John and lives in Laois).She did trojan work and after 5 months searching uncovered a facinating, sad and indeed tragic history which eventually ended up back in Ireland in 1982. I hope to give the story in detail to you in Limerick. look forward to seeing you all. HUBERT.

    April 21, 2014

    • Bridget

      Great stuff! Look forward to meeting you and hearing more about your story. A few members of the meetup group are joining in too! There is a discount ticket offer now through to 31 May via­m

      April 21, 2014

  • Duncan

    I lived in Limerick for 5 years. Limirick has a connection to the Irish Palatines (from Germany) many of whom ended up in North America.

    January 18, 2014

    • Duncan

      I lived in Caherdavin and then Clare from[masked], then moved back to London where my parents are from.

      March 27, 2014

    • Duncan

      I meant[masked]

      March 27, 2014

  • Catherine

    I would love to come! But how much are the event tickets and the plane tickets? Where will we meet and how long are we going to stay in Limerick, Ireland? I've never done this before.

    March 24, 2014

    • Bridget

      Hi Catherine, I sent you a direct message to your email with some additional information, suggesting it may be best to connect via phone. It would be great to have you join!

      March 27, 2014

  • Sile

    I'll say Yes as I have been in Limerick in August for the past 3 years.

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • Kathleen M.

    I will be there. Going this October too.

    1 · September 7, 2013

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