ANYONE interested in tracing their family roots can take part in a free Genealogy Day this Saturday March 14 in Limerick city, starting at 10am.
Following on from last year’s successful ‘Made in Limerick’ event for City of Culture, Genealogy Day will be taking place again. The organisers are Christ Church United Presbyterian & Methodist Church in partnership with the Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC).
Christ Church began this event three years ago to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Methodists being in Limerick city and the 300th anniversary of the Presbyterians. The venue is Christ Church 51A O’Connell Street, next to the White House bar.
The event manager this year as with last year is Emma Gilleece, Vice-Chair of the History & Heritage Pillar, collaborating with John King, director of IARC and Reverend Vicki Lynch.
The historical church registers from several denominations including St Michael’s Church (Roman Catholic), Methodist, Presbyterian, the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland (Quaker) and the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) will be available.
Also on board are professional genealogical research services such as Limerick Genealogy and IARC. Limerick Museum & Archives will have a stand as well as the History & Geography Departments of Mary Immaculate College, UCC Summer School and the Special Collections of Glucksman Library, UL.
This year’s partners IARC offer genealogical research and accredited genealogist programmes with a certificate from UL and diploma from UCC. Local historical groups will be represented such as the Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society, the Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society and the Clare Roots Society.
Patricia Haselbeck-Flynn, compiler of the book Franz Haselbeck’s Ireland, will also be taking part with some of the photographs from her grandfather’s archive for the public to identify and share their stories about the scenes and settings.
Each stand will have experts on hand with local genealogical advice with no need to pre-book.
This is a rare opportunity to view original baptism and marriage records and this will be the only event of its kind taking place in the city this year.
Contact John and Aoife at IARC on 061 207114 or email Info@irisharc.org or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/GenealogyDay.