Coming to America: Irish Records and Research Strategies

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Event Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018 -
9:00am to 11:45am


Program Description: The number of Irish records available to family researchers has exploded in recent years. The Irish government and Catholic Church are offering unprecedented access to many 19th century records, which can serve as substitutes for documents lost in the Public Records Office fire in 1922. Explore the latest record collections, learn the research methods necessary to expand your Irish family tree in the U.S., and follow along as we demonstrate finding family in Ireland through a case study of a Chester County immigrant from County Donegal.

Lecture Titles
1. Genealogical Resources for Researching Irish Immigrants
2. Finding Records for the Irish Immigrant: A Chester County Case Study

Speaker Bio: Frank Southcott is a professional genealogist specializing in Chester County, Pennsylvania, research. He is President of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, which conducts the annual British Institute in Salt Lake City, and has researched extensively in Ireland and England.  Frank is a member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Genealogical Advisory Group and has been instrumental in developing and expanding genealogical education programs in the greater Philadelphia area. His grandmother was an immigrant from Ireland.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 19 at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street in West Chester. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $20.00 for CCHS members and $30.00 for non-members. 

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Register by calling us at 610-692-4800, emailing your form to or mailing it to:

Chester County Historical Society RSVP
225 N. High St.
West Chester, PA 19380