During Limerick’s designation as the first National City of Culture we will be delighted by an array of cultural events. But what will make the city distinct from future Cities of Culture? As varied as all of these projects are, the one thing that connects them all is people.
In recent times we have become more aware of the importance and enjoyment of discovering our roots. We sadly no longer manufacture the goods we once did, such as our world famous Limerick ham, lace, uniforms, toffee and flour.
However we have such a precious asset in our heritage. The year 2014 should be a year that we explore our individual family histories adding to our collective heritage.
One such event for this is taking place during St Patrick’s weekend, Genealogy Day.
This Saturday, March 15, Christ Church United Presbyterian & Methodist Church at 51A O’Connell Street will be full of stands with a great line-up of genealogists and historians.
The premise of this event is to demystify the genealogical research process. With vast amounts of databases already digitised and made publicly available online it has never been easier to trace one’s family tree.
There on the day will be Limerick Museum & Archives (LM&A), which has recently launched the Mount Saint Lawrence Burial Register, making searchable some 70,000 burial records of Ireland’s fifth largest cemetery.
Limerick City Library Local Studies & Reference Department holds a wealth of information such as trade directories, Registers of Electors, newspaper collection and Griffiths Valuation of 1850.
Limerick Genealogy is a not-for-profit professional genealogical research service for those with ancestry in Limerick city and county. The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) is the accrediting body for genealogists in Ireland set up in 1986.
The Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC) is a leading provider of research, education and training in History of Family and Irish ancestry.
The centre, based at 58 O’Connell Street, also provides digitisation services for local and national repositories.
Eneclann is an award-wining Trinity College Campus Company based in Dublin and founded in 1998. The company offers a wide range of history and heritage research and digitisation services.
The Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society will be unveiling information on their pop-up museum appearing on Rutland Street this summer.
In addition their chairperson Dr Ursula Callaghan will be making available her impressive database of 18th century Limerick.
The Clare Roots Society was established in 2006 to encourage people to do their own family research sharing tips and check-lists for those with ancestry in Clare.
The Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society is a voluntary organisation serving the north Munster region. It organises lectures on historical and archaeological topics and outings to sites and areas of interest.
There are numerous other resources, including Limerick’s Life, The Limerick International Brigades Memorial Trust, The Letters of 1916 as well as records of some of the religious denominations in the area.
Anybody with Irish heritage can learn about the resources out there to begin or complete your family history.
For further information, come along on Saturday or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page.