The National Archives is thrilled to reveal the first talk in its evening lecture series for 2022. Entitled ‘Investigating your Roman Catholic ancestors’, the lecture will be provided by expert genealogist Joan Sharkey (member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland).
Prior to the intro of detailed civil registration in 1864, virtually the only direct sources of household details for Roman Catholics are the regional parish records. As the large majority of the Irish population was Catholic, investigating in these records forms an extremely important part in tracing one’s household history.This lecture will talk about the collection of the records and the historic background to the administration of the church over time which regrettably, led to most of the signs up just commencing in the early 19th century. The talk will cover the level of the available records and where they lie and will also give recommendations on utilizing the different sites which consist of transcriptions and images of these records.Biography Joan Sharkey ended up being interested in genealogy and regional history through a little group in her library in Dublin from which the Raheny Heritage Society was formed in 1987. She obtained a Diploma in Local History from NUI Maynooth in 1998. She is the author of St. Anne’s: the Story of a Guinness Estate (2002, Dublin), tracing the history of the former home, demesne and gardens owned by the well-known Guinness developing family in Dublin.Joan began work as an expert genealogist in 1998 and
was confessed as a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI )in 2003. Ever since, she has worked together with her coworkers in the Genealogy Advisory Service in the National Archives and formerly in the National Library of Ireland. Joan has actually provided many lectures on genealogy and regional history and has been a member of the AGI Council given that 2005. She served 2 terms as its Honorary Treasurer and has actually simply completed her term as President from 2019 to 2021. Keep in mind: The lecture will be hosted on Zoom and the link to go to will be sent out in advance of the occasion to the email address with which you registered. Source