Thursday, February 16, 2006

Report on Irish teleconference tonight

Tonight I participated in a live genealogy teleconference on the subject of "Irish Maps," part of a series known as "The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) Ireland Trip." Our hostess was Sharon Sergeant of The featured presenter was Mary Ellen Grogan. My job was to listen and become familiar with the teleconference process.

TELECONFERENCING IS A FUN & EASY WAY TO EXPERIENCE REAL-TIME LEARNING & FIND TIME TO TALK WITH LIKE-MINDED RESEARCHERS. Prior to the scheduled conference, Sharon sent ol' Myrt an e-mail with both telephone and PIN numbers to connect to the scheduled Irish teleconference. She also provided a link to a 14-page "handout" to go along with the presentation. It was in .pdf format and took only a moment or two to obtain. I saved it to my hard drive, although one could just view it online during the teleconference as an alternative.

-- At the appointed hour, I dialed the number and punched in the PIN number. Since I have a Vonage telephone line, the cost of the call is part of my monthly unlimited service.

-- At the beginning, I was asked to state my name, so the hostess would be able to recognize my arrival.

-- Then hostess explained how the open-format discussion will follow each segment of Mary Ellen Grogan's presentation. If the group became too large, I believe the hostess could mute all of us, so the presenter could go forward.

-- The presenter was introduced & each of us settled back and listened to Grogan's presentation.
-- There was time to "unmute" oneself and pose a question so the presenter and other attendees could answer my question.

-- Poor Law Union is about ten mile radius from a point, designating who will support the workhouse for that area.

-- Poor Law Union maps (1838) were the basis for the later Superintendent Register Districts.

-- The vital records from 1864 (birth, marriage & death records) list name, year and Poor Law Union.

AMONG THE WEBSITES MENTIONED DURING TONIGHT'S TELECONFERENCE that Myrt visited during the conference. These URLS were derived from the conversation of the conference participants, and not from the handout. Ol' Myrt wrote them down before attempting to visit each website.

-- - Database from the 1851 index to townlands.

-- - a site for old Irish maps.

-- Griffith's Primary Valuation of Ireland records and maps, Irish Wills Index (1484-1858), the 1851 Dublin City Census, Militia Attestations Index 1872-1915, Irish Royal Garrison Artillery Records, Dublin City 1847 Ordnance Survey Town Plans, etc.

See: for clickable links:

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-- Emigrant Ancestors from the 19th and 20th Century.
-- Family History Collaborations - for Private Family Groups.
-- First Nations/Metis and French Canadian Marriages
-- Forensic Genealogy and the Database Detective - with Colleen Fitzpatrick
-- French-Canadian (Quebecois) Research (Beginner) Resources and Strategies
-- Fun Stuff for Genealogists - 50 great Gifts, supplies, tools and doodads plus charts!
-- Genealogy Conference Information
-- General Question & Answer Sessions
-- Irish Research Tips
-- Italian Research Tips
-- Loyalists in the American Revolution: Resources, Indexes, Documents and Migrations
-- Map Research Tips
-- National Archives (NARA)
-- Newspaper Research Tips
-- Photo Identification and the Digital Detective
-- Records Access Legislation
-- Research Help from
-- Reviews of Out-of-Print Genealogy Resources
-- Stagecoach, Inn and Routes Research
-- Stagecoach Maine Documentaries
-- Treasure Hunting Tips

If genealogy teleconferencing sounds good to you, then sign up for the free mailing list at by clicking "CONTACT US" and then opting in for the list. I just signed up myself, but have been assured the mailing list will announce upcoming teleconference schedules.

MY REACTION TO THIS TELECONFERENCE? I simply love the idea of connecting with other researchers in real time, where no typing is required! It's a great use of technology to further our understanding of genealogy research methods.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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