Category Archives: Lectures

Tracing your Malahide Ancestors


A flower, fruit, vegetable, and industries show, under the auspices of the Fingal Horticultural Society, of which the Right Hon Lord Talbot de Malahide is the president, was opened on Saturday in the St James’ Square Grounds, Malahide. The society, whose object is stated to be “to encourage the culture of flowers, fruit and vegetables, and to promote home industries generally in the district of Fingal,” was formed last year; and Saturday’s show was the first promoted by it. The exhibits were displayed in a substantially erected marquee in the grounds. Freeman’s Journal, 15 July, 1901
The elderly gent with the beard stepping off the grass is thought to be Nathaniel Hone

I’ll be giving a talk to the Malahide Historical Society on Wednesday 11th April 2018 in the Presbyterian church hall in Malahide at 8pm. Non-members are welcome.

I’ve researched a local Malahide family using the census, births, deaths & marriage registers and church & grave records.

Photos used by kind permission of the Malahide Historical Society.


New Term in Malahide Community School starts in Autumn

Booking is now open for the new term of my beginner’s genealogy class in Malahide Community School. Classes will start on Tuesday 26th September and run for 10 weeks.

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.

Church Records lecture

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.

Historic Houses Conference

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.