Event Date: July 1, 2015
Genealogy Programs

Event Dates:  First Wednesday of the month, from May-September
Event Time:  6:30pm-8:00pm
Event Location:  Bethlehem Public Library - -Laros Room

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The Celtic Cultural Alliance is presenting a series dedicated to genealogy. This series expands upon the lecture held last year, including introductory tips to more advanced concepts. There will also be professional genealogists available in June & August to give short personalized sessions for people who have hit a wall in their family history research.

May 6, 2015   “Researching Your Irish Family”—Frank Southcott

Researching your ancestors in Ireland has always been described as difficult to impossible due to the loss of early census data and Church of Ireland records.  The recent explosion of Irish records on-line is changing how one looks at Irish research.  This presentation will explore the necessity of evaluating all your U.S. family and their documents to possibly solve the unknown origins of your Irish immigrants, show the need for placing your ancestors in historical context, and how to trace a family in surviving census, civil registration, and land records.

Frank Southcott has been a family historian in excess of 25 years and is a professional genealogist who specializes in historic Chester County, Pennsylvania research.  His interest in his Ireland-born grandmother’s immigration exposed him to Irish research and in-country investigations of extant Irish records.  He is currently the President, Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists, and Secretary, International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.  He resides in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  

June 3, 2015  Genealogy Consult

Have you hit a brick wall while conducting your own genealogical research? Did the leaves on Ancestry lead you nowhere? Now is the time to seek the help of a professional genealogist! We are offering half hour one on one consults on these days, where you can sit down with a genealogist to work on your family research. Space is extremely limited for these sessions and pre-registration is required.

July 1, 2015  “Using Irish and Irish-American Newspapers to Tell Your Irish Ancestral Story”--Kevin E. Shue

By using Irish and Irish-American newspapers, you can tell your Irish ancestors' stories! Your expatriate ancestors longed to be connected with news from home; but even more so, they desired to remain connected with their loved ones.  Those same loved ones had the same desire; and used the same newspapers to find the location of their loved ones in the United States.

This presentation will help prepare you to begin searching those newspapers. The details of current online sources for Irish and Irish-American newspapers will be reviewed as well as how to find the newspapers online and in archives.  Suggestions will be given on how to frame your Irish ancestor's story to help make it compelling to hear and read.
Kevin E. Shue has worked in historical and genealogical research for over a quarter of a century at LancasterHistory.org, formerly the Lancaster County Historical Society, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He helps on-site researchers on a daily basis and develops educational programming pertaining to historical and genealogical methods and problem-solving.

Kevin presented at the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium in Omagh, Northern Ireland in 2012 on “Contextual Genealogy.”  His focus has evolved to emphasize research that allows for a historical narrative of an individual or community.  This past March he presented “Telling your Irish Ancestral Story with Irish and Irish-American Newspapers,” to the Lancaster Irish-American Cultural Society and the public.  He previously presented the talk, “Using Expatriate Newspapers to Tell Your Ancestral Story,” which included a variety of ethnic newspaper resources. 

August 5, 2015  Genealogy Consult

Have you hit a brick wall while conducting your own genealogical research? Did the leaves on Ancestry lead you nowhere? Now is the time to seek the help of a professional genealogist! We are offering half hour one on one consults on these days, where you can sit down with a genealogist to work on your family research. Space is extremely limited for these sessions and pre-registration is required.

September 2, 2015 “Researching in Ireland Using Church and Land Records”—Claire Keenan

Claire Keenan expertise is in 19th, 20th, and 21st century US and Irish Research. This lecture is focused on research from Ireland, including the newly released church records.