Upcoming Events & Talks


Mystery Man

Who is this man? I found this photo, and another copy of it in my grandmother’s photos. There’s no name or any writing on the back and he doesn’t look like any known member of the family. She has photos of other family members in this bundle but most date from the 1920s/1930s. This man’s clothes look more Edwardian in style. The family lived on New Bride St in Dublin.

I’m just putting this online in case someone comes across it and can shed some light.




Ennis, Co. Clare on 16th March talk to the Clare Roots Society on the civil registers. An audio transcript of this talk is available via their website or the link below.

Game changer: how online access to the civil registers has forever changed Irish genealogy

I contributed an article the the IGRS’s 80th Anniversary Archive about my ancestor, James Guerins.

New Term in Malahide Community School starts in Autumn. Booking will open in mid-August

Researching your family tree is a growing hobby.  This class teaches you where to begin with Irish sources like the census, birth, death and marriage certificates, then progresses to parish registers, newspapers, wills, land records and the military. No prior knowledge is required but ability to use a computer & the internet is essential, as many genealogy records are now online.


Past events:

Link below to my talk on church records to the Cork Genealogical Society on 10th November.


Watch out for my article in the spring edition of Irish Roots.

A workshop on Irish church records as part of the co-hosted IGRS and Cork Genealogical Society conference on 19th March 2016 in the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings, Cork.  Details and booking here.

I’m pleased to announce I’ll be presenting a paper at the 14th annual Historic Houses of Ireland conference in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth on 9th-10th May 2016.  This year’s theme is the Big House & Rebellion.  My topic will be the unwilling involvement of the Quaker Goff family of Horetown House, Co. Wexford in the 1798 Rebellion.

Lecture on Irish Church Records as part of the London AGM of the IGRS on 7th May at the City of Westminister Archives.  More details and booking information here.


The Irish Genealogist, the premier journal for Irish genealogy, featured an article written by me on the Davis-Goff family of Waterford & Wexford.  This journal is available to members of the Irish Genealogical Research Society worldwide.

I’m pleased to announce my involvement with Dublin 2019‘s bid to host WorldCon.  The annual science fiction and fantasy event will hopefully bring a lot of visitors to Dublin in 2019 and our hope is that some of them may be interested in pursuing their Irish roots.  I’ll be writing a series of blog posts for the con and closer to the time, we’ll be offering roots packages, where I will help visitors trace their ancestry in advance of their visit.


Crowdsourcing your Irish Ancestry
I will be giving a talk at this year’s Back to Our Past on the weekend of 17th, 19th & 19th October 2014 at the RDS in Dublin on how to use Twitter, Facebook and message boards to further your genealogy research.  Sunday 19th October at 1130 in Presentation Area 1.