Researching Irish Ancestors

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Darien Library and Middlesex Genealogical Society welcome Claire Smith to discuss this month's genealogy program.

Irish research has a reputation for being challenging. You might have heard that many Irish records were burned, creating gaps in records that appear insurmountable. Don't give up before you get started! In this presentation, you'll learn techniques to overcome obstacles that will get you through your Irish research challenges. You might even get some ideas for dealing with missing records and your research brick walls in other localities, too.

An informal "meet and greet" will begin at 1 p.m. for those attending in person. Claire Smith's lecture will begin at 2 p.m. Claire will be joining us remotely.

This is a hybrid event. Participants have the option to join us in person at the Library or on Zoom. Those wishing to participate virtually may register to receive the link to the meeting room.

About the Presenter

Claire Smith is a professional genealogist with more than 20 years of experience in research, teaching, and lecturing. Her extensive research experience spans New England, Atlantic Canada, Ireland, England, and the West Indies, including both traditional and DNA research. A former high-tech executive, Claire applies her technology skills to optimize her research, continually applying new tools and innovative methodologies to her genealogy research.

Claire is currently Seminar Program Chair for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. She is a graduate of the ProGen professional genealogy study group and holds certificates in “Genealogical Research” from Boston University and in “Genealogy and Family History” from the University of Washington. Claire is the former President of the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society. She lives in the Greater Boston Area.

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