• by Dave Miller

The Ulster Historical Foundation March Lecture Tour 2018!

The Ulster Historical Foundation’s North American March Lecture tour will begin Saturday March 3rd in Augusta, Georgia. There are 14 stops planned for this year’s tour. Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt will be making stops all over the U.S. and Canada including Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Boston Massachusetts, Chicago Illinois, Seattle Washington and even Honolulu, Hawaii. This 3 week tour is the most aggressive that the Foundation has conducted since starting the North American Lecture tour over 20 years ago. The presentations include ways to get the most out of your Irish research and how to break down the walls in your research.

I will be meeting up with Fintan and Gillian when they make a stop (and catch their breaths) in Madison, Wisconsin on March 8. We will be talking about this year's tour as well as past tours. They have been almost everywhere across the U.S. and Canada and have seen all kinds of weather in past tours. That included a Lake Michigan style blizzard in east central Wisconsin last year which almost cancelled their stop to Green Bay, Wisconsin! Fintan recently told me that was the first time either one had been through a lake effect snow storm and were amazed at how much snow a lake such as Lake Michigan can generate.

I will also be asking Fintan and Gillian about future projects for the Foundation and other future lecture trips around the world that the organization is planning.

Some of the tour stops are already sold out but if you are interested in joining one of the available tour stops, check out their website https://ancestryireland.com. Here are the stops planned for this year's March North American Lecture Tour!

Saturday, 3 March, Augusta GA (9:00am–5:00pm)

Location: Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901

Program title: Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Hosts: Augusta Genealogical Society and the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library

Web: www.augustagensociety.org

Tel./e-mail: 706-722-4073 (AGS, monitored by answering machine when not open), Augustagensociety@comcast.net

Main contact: Margie Barton 706-736-3104; email: heyred@knology.net

Cost: $45 AGS members and Library Patrons; $50 non-members. Lunch and refreshment breaks included.

Sunday, 4 March, Pittsburgh PA (9:00am–4:30pm)

Location: Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

Program Title: Irish Genealogy Workshop

Host: Heinz History Center and Westmoreland County Historical Society

Web: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/irish-genealogy-workshop-2018

Tel./e-mail: 412-454-6361

Main Contact: Sierra Green - sgreen@heinzhistorycenter.org

Cost: $30 for History Center and Westmoreland County Historical Society members; $40 for non-members. Optional box lunch is $10.95

Monday, 5 March, Boston MA - full-day event (9:30am - 4:00pm)

Host: The New England Historic Genealogical Society

Web: https://shop.americanancestors.org/products/researching-your-irish-and-scots-irish-ancestors?pass-through=true

Tel./e-mail: 888-296-3447; e-mail: education@nehgs.org

Tuesday, 6 March, Louisville KY (1:00pm–4:30pm)

Location: The Filson Society, 1310 S. 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40208

Program title: Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research Workshop

Hosts: The Filson Society

Web: http://filson.simpletix.com/EventDetails/33128/Time/76594/#.WjvvMtJl-Uk

Tel./e-mail: 502-635-5083

Main contact: Jamie Evans - jevans@filsonhistorical.org

Cost: Free for Filson Society members; $20:00 for non-members

Wednesday, 7 March, Chicago IL (9:15am–3:00pm) - SOLD OUT

Location: The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

Program title: Irish Genealogy Workshop

Host: The Newberry Library

Web: https://www.newberry.org/03072018-irish-genealogy-research-program

Tel./e-mail: (+1) 312-943-9090 (ask for the Genealogy and Local History department)

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Thursday, 8 March, Madison WI (9:00am–5:00pm) - SOLD OUT

Location: Memorial Library Room 126816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706

Program title: Irish Genealogy- Ulster Historical Foundation Lecture Tour

Host: Wisconsin Historical Society

Web: https://shop.wisconsinhistory.org/productcart/pc/Irish-Genealogy-Ulster-Historical-Foundation-Lecture-Tour-111p2615.htm

Tel./e-mail: 608-264-6519

Main contact: Lori B. Bressler, Reference Librarian - Lori.Bessler@wisconsinhistory.org

Cost: $30:00 (10% off for Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society members! WSGS Members use code WSGS18 at checkout!).

Registration is required. Each attendee will receive a box lunch and can select from three choices when registering.

Saturday, 10 March, Ottawa ON (8:30am–4:30pm)

Location: The Chamber, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario

Program title: Tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Host: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO)

Web: https://bifhsgo.ca/eventListings.php?nm=127

Tel./e-mail: 613-234-2520

Main contact: Andrea Harding - andrea.harding@ktlgroup.ca

Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members

Optional box lunch

Sunday, 11 March, Philadelphia PA (9:00am–4:30pm)

Location: Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs, 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053

Program title: Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Hosts: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

Web: https://genpa.org/events/

Tel./e-mail: 267.686.2296 (GSP office is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

email: info@genpa.org

Main contact:

Cost: Before Feb 16 – Member: $80.00

Before Feb 16 – Non-Member: $90.00

Feb 16 to Mar 5: $100.00

Monday, 12 March, Nashville TN (5:30pm–9:00pm)

Location: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville TN 37076

Program Title: Exploring Your Scots-Irish Genealogy

Host: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Web: www.thehermitage.com

Tel./e-mail: 615-889-2941

Main Contact: Hannah Howard - hhoward@thehermitage.com

Tickets: https://thehermitage.com/event/exploring-scots-irish-genealogy/

Cost: Monday Workshop $15 non-Members, Free for Members; Tuesday Individual Consultations $45/session (30 minutes)

Tuesday, 13 March, Nashville TN (9:00am–5:00pm)

Location: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville TN 37076

Program Title: Day of individual research consultations

Host: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Web: www.thehermitage.com

Tel./e-mail: 615-889-2941

Main Contact: Hannah Howard - hhoward@thehermitage.com

Note: There are no presentations on Tuesday. This day will be devoted exclusively to private individual consultations $45/session per person (30 minutes). Places must be reserved with the Hermitage staff directly on a first come first served basis.

Wednesday, 14 March, St Louis MO (1:00pm–5:00pm and 6:00pm–8:15pm)

Location: St Louis County Library, Grant’s View Branch, 9700 Musick Ave., St. Louis, MO 63123

Program Title: Discovering your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots

Host: St Louis County Library History & Genealogy Department

Web: https://www.slcl.org/events or www.slcl.org/genealogy

Tel./e-mail: 314-994-3300, ext. 2070, genealogy@slcl.org

Main contact: Scott Holl - sholl@slcl.org

Cost: The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration opens Feb. 1, 2018. Call 314-994-3300 to register.

Thursday, 15 March, Omaha NE (12:30pm–4:00pm and 5:30pm–9:30pm)

Location: Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Center, 67th & Dodge Streets, Omaha, NE

Program Title: Irish Resources for Genealogists

Host: The Greater Omaha Genealogical Society

Web: https://gogsmembers.wordpress.com/

Tel./e-mail: 402-289-5733

Main Contact: Cookie Leary - cookieleary1@msn.com


GOCS Members

$60 (afternoon and evening with sandwich box)

$40 (afternoon session, no sandwich box)

$40 (evening session, no sandwich box)


$70 (afternoon and evening with sandwich box)

$50 (afternoon session, no sandwich box)

$50 (evening session, no sandwich box

$10 Sandwich box if attending only 1 session (GOCS Members and non-members)

Saturday, 17 March, Fair Oaks CA - (9:00am-4:45pm)

Location: Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Programme Title: "The Irish Are Coming"

Host: Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society

Web: www.rootcellar.org/cpage.php?pt=42

Info email: info@rootcellar.org

Cost: $30 for RC Members; $45 for Non-Members

Optional Lunch available for $7.00

No Reservations accepted after March 3, 2018

Learn about your Irish Ancestors and have some Fun on St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday, 18 March, Seattle WA (9:00am-5:00pm)

Location: Seattle Center

Host: Irish Heritage Club, Seattle

Web: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irish-genealogy-seminar-tickets-42301967323

Contact: genealogy@irishclub.org

Tuesday, 20 March, Honolulu, HI (9:00am–4:00pm)

Location: Von Holt Room, St Andrew’s Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813-2304

Program Title: Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Host: Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii, the Friends’ of St Patrick and the Hawaii State Public Library System

Web: https://standrewsocietyhawaii.org/calendar/ulsterinhawaii (click on 'Celtic Calendar) or www.facebook.com/events/357141324453946/

Tel: 808-392-5020

Main Contact: Brenda Reichel, Chieftain, Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii - poilady@aol.com or Terrysue Reilly-Satta - terrysuesatta@gmail.com

Cost: $40.00 per person (fee includes morning meet and greet, and lunch)

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