2023 AGM & Conference Saturday 18th March

Immigration and Emigration

The schedule for the day is as follows (times are GMT, to convert to your time please go here)

The Zoom link for all sessions: http://bit.ly/3D1sF17

3pm Chair: Kirsty Gray Opening remarks  
3:05pm David Ryan, MA DIPGEN Coming and Going: Tracing Your Irish Surname History Introduced by Lynda Chiotti. A handout will be provided.
  David Ryan is a professional genealogist and oral historian based just outside of Cork city, Ireland. David is a graduate of University College Cork. He holds an MA in Medieval History and a Diploma in Genealogy and is currently studying a Masters in Public History with the University of Limerick. He has worked as a professional genealogist for the past eight years.  There are estimated to be seven million people worldwide with Irish ancestry. For many the biggest clue to their Irish connections comes from a surname in their family tree. But how can we tell if a surname is Irish and where do Irish surnames come from? This talk will examine some of the most common Irish surnames and their surprising origins, including those brought to Ireland from elsewhere. It will also provide suggestions on some of the best sources for researching your Irish surname history.  
4.00pm Break


4:30pm Phyl Fanning Wales, Patagonia and beyond; patterns of emigration and immigration Introduced by Melanie Harries. A handout will be provided.
  Born 1950 in Wallasey, Cheshire, now living in the Wirral, near Liverpool, England. Developed interest in family history on the Isle of Man and into Ireland because of personal roots. After learning Welsh, I was able to use the Welsh Language to access non-digitised records in archives in Wales. Studied Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde University and now working towards the IHGS Higher Certificate in Genealogy. Became interested in Patagonia through studying dialects of the Welsh language and the history of the Welsh speaking enclave in Patagonia in Argentina. This talk is a development of that interest and is part of my Welsh language studies. An exploration of how Welsh names come to be found in Argentina and of how these families are related to others in the USA and Australia as well as back in Wales.   
5.30pm Break    
6.00pm Andrew Fairweather "Streets of Gold" -  Some Basic Strategies for Genealogical Research in New York City Introduced by Gary Barton. A handout will be provided.
  Andrew is a Librarian at the Seward Park branch on the Lower East Side. He provides genealogy instruction with a focus on topics such as immigrant entry through Ellis Island, New York City Land and Buildings, and African American genealogy.    
7.00pm Chair: Kirsty Gray Annual General Meeting of The Surname Society (see agenda below)  
7.30pm Break


8.00pm Darris Williams Immigration and Migration Sources for the United States and Canada Introduced by Kirsty Gray. A handout will be provided.
  Darris began discovering his family history while stationed at RAF Alconbury in 1983. He has a bachelor’s degree in Family & Community History and worked as a British reference consultant at the FamilySearch Library. He was a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris presently manages the FamilySearch Wiki team and Community Trees team. He is a freelance genealogist, and family history instructor. Darris is on the Board of Trustees of the Society of Genealogists. A special area of interest has been Welsh family history.    
9:00pm  Chair: Kirsty Gray Closing remarks  

For members of the Society only: Agenda, Minutes (2022) and Accounts

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