What we're about

Meet other local family history fans who are interested in learning about genealogy and researching their family history.

A NYC based informal and fun group intended to gather together to share tips, exchange information, celebrate their Irish / British heritage, hear from experts, become fascinated by history, discoveries and fun - with hopes there may be some neat discoveries about your family history along the way!

Whether you are fan of genealogy, history, Irish / British culture or are interested in learning more different aspects of history and/or the city - or any combination thereof - this is the group for you. This is open to everyone. Simply: you just need to have an interest in genealogy and/or history!

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Brick Walls Over Brunch

New York Irish Center

OK it's time for another gathering of "Brick Walls Over Brunch"! Presented with New York Irish Center we'll once again be hosted in a wonderful space conducive to having fun over genealogy! For those new or not yet attended a "Brick Walls Over Brunch" session here is some background on what it's about: Most of us, unless you are one of the lucky ones who knows and has every detail going back to the 5th century on your family history (side note: if you are please let me know!!!) we've encountered a research brick wall at some point in time. In other words there is just a stumbling block where after countless attempts you can't make headway. Perhaps it's one isolated ancestor who you can't locate, maybe it's conflicting information about an aspect of your family history. Whatever it is why not benefit from others' input, experience and research strategies to perhaps breakdown the "brick wall" - and over brunch! We've had several sessions to date and those that submitted their "brick wall" found new ideas and even some discoveries that helped their genealogy research. Here is how it works: REGISTRATION 1. Sign up via this Eventbrite ticket link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brick-walls-over-brunch-a-genealogy-work-session-tickets-61119493049 (Note: cost is $30 and includes your choice of a quinoa salad, signature salad, sandwich + taxes and gratuities + side snacks + on-site coffee, tea and water + exclusive use of the Center + print outs relative to the brick walls.) 2. You'll be prompted to select your choice of menu item. There are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices. 3. You'll also be invited, at your option, to submit your research brick wall. Based on the group size and number of submissions not all brick walls may be covered in the session but will certainly try! (Note: some don't have a brick wall but join just to join the group fun - all are welcome) 4. Your ticket will then be sent to your email. (Note: if you forget to bring it on the day, no worries, will have you on the list) LEAD UP TO THE DAY 5. I will be in contact to confirm if your brick wall was selected. If so, you will be invited to review and modify as desired what you submitted via the Eventbrite system. I will then create a page PowerPoint slide and a handout for the groups to review and work on 'breaking the brick wall' 6. You will then be invited to share your brick wall on the day to the group, or I can present it and ask you to be on hand to clarify / add any items the group may pose. ON THE DAY 7. You'll arrive and check in at the Center, and enjoy your selected brunch / lunch item. There will be tables set up to accommodate small groups. 8. I'll kick off with some general genealogy updates and then randomly select the first brick wall. 9. The person who owns the brick wall will either highlight the brick wall, or I will and seek any clarification needed if other attendees pose questions. As shared there will be a one PowerPoint slide on behind me. 10. After questions or clarifications are addressed each small group (est. 4 people per group) will review the brick wall and consider some new research strategies - perhaps even find some discoveries along the way. This will be approximately 30MIN. 11. At the 30MIN mark - and will pace to see if that is sufficient time - will invite a representative from each table to share what their group uncovered or recommend to take as next steps. 12. We'll then resume the sequence for all subsequent brick walls. WHAT TO BRING - Your laptop or tablet (ideal) - Notebook and pen/pencil - Login information to key research sites you use (if you wish to access them on the day) Note: wifi is available at the Center. TICKET LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brick-walls-over-brunch-a-genealogy-work-session-tickets-61119493049 Hope to see you there!

MUSEUM VISIT: Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners ($)

As we move towards summer and presumably nicer weather thought it would be an idea to head down to the South Seaport Museum and check out their new exhibit: Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners,[masked]. Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34598 (or you can buy on-site) ABOUT THE EXHIBITION The exhibition will familiarize viewers with passenger life aboard ocean liners, the defining differences between travel for wealthy Americans in First Class and future Americans immigrating to the United States in Third Class, and the continuing importance that immigration plays in American history. Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners,[masked] is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century. From 1900 to 1914, nearly 13 million immigrants traveling in Third Class arrived in the United States. During this same period, America’s wealthiest citizens, totaling no more than a hundred thousand passengers each year, traveled to Europe in First Class, spending over $11.5 billion (2017) on luxury vacations. Even though First Class and Third Class sailed on the same ships, their journeys were worlds apart. This exhibition will feature both original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum’s permanent collection including ocean liner memorabilia and ephemera, ceramics, and luggage trunks from both immigrants and First Class passengers. The exhibition will highlight a few ship models of New York Harbor working vessels that played critical roles in immigration, including a model of the Museum’s lightship Ambrose (LV-87). Hope to see you there! And - for those interested we can grab a light bite following in the area. Reminder: I will post in the comments section of this specific Meetup any updates eg. where I am, where we are in the museum if you are running late.


New York Irish Center

Fancy taking a journey back in time to the 19th century kitchen in Ireland? In partnership with the New York Irish Center, Recipes Tales of 19th Century Ireland, is an exploration I'll be taking you through of the recipes that formed part of Ireland's culinary story throughout this period. Over the course of this talk you'll learn the fascinating details about: the types of recipes, their presentation styles, the equipment and vessels used to prepare and present food, the influences and variances between the social classes - with a few tastings along the way! Hope to see you there! TICKET LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recipe-tales-of-19th-century-ireland-tickets-61941672209

Festive Re(Treat) - Small Group Tour to Ireland

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I'm switching it up this year and in lieu of planning a conference in Ireland am instead leading a small group Festive Re(Treat) in Ireland. The five day immersive experience will combine food, heritage and history and include private tours to centuries' old historic estates and castles, visits to food and Christmas markets, meeting artisans and producers - with some shopping with a base in a beautiful boutique Georgian hotel property. The tour is an all inclusive land based experience that includes accommodation, meals, private coach transport, airport transfers, entry fees to sites. (Excludes airfare) Should you be interested in learning more please contact me at bridget AT bbnygroup DOT com. Note: the group size is limited to 12 with early bird rates through to Feb. 28.

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