Clans and Surnames Conference, Nenagh, Tipperary.
Friday 19 May, 2017
I awoke bright and early and very excited. Today is the day I deliver my Conference paper ‘The Quest to find Prendergast ancestry”
The day started with Dr. Michael C. Kean who has written a book from Laois (pronounced Leesh) to Kerry.
Dr. Penny Walters delivered a very interesting and heartfelt paper “Is adoption the Primal Wound”
This was followed by Jane Halloran-Ryan- Tyredagh Clunes – What we can learn from one family’s journey – From Country Clare to Connecticut. Continue reading “Conference papers and Certificate ceremony”
Clans and Surnames Conference, Nenagh, Tipperary Ireland
Last year with the help of the lovely Rachel Spano, Senior Archivist of the State Library of Queensland, Australia, I was able to pass on techniques for Preservation, Conservation and Restoration at a Workshop that I conducted where Rachel Spano participated in an outreach skype session.
When I held the Workshop at the Whitsundays Regional Council Library in Cannonvale little did I realize that just 4 months later, Cyclone Debbie would cause catastrophic damage to the Whitsundays and demolish the Cannonvale Library and the Whitsunday Family History Library in Proserpine. Continue reading “The importance of taking care of your family history”
Clans and Surnames Conference Nenagh, Tipperary.
Wednesday May 17, 2017
We started the day with a Round table discussion.
Tony Browne was very knowledgeable on the subject of Limerick Surnames. He had us all laughing with some of his stories about tracing family names.
Civil Parishes and Death Registration sources was discussed at length with John Nangle and Dr. Paul Mac Cotter. John had been the expert who accompanied me to the Registry of Deeds in Dublin in 2015 when I found a primary document of one of my ancestors. Continue reading “Portumna Workhouse and Portumna Castle visit”
Tuesday 16 May, 2017
Clans and Surnames Conference, Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland
Today four of my favourite experts will deliver Conference papers.
Brian Donovan of find my past will tell us how to find your Convicts and Criminals in family history Research.
Fiona Fitzsimons will explain the Irish Registery of Deeds, one I found to be a very helpful repository in Dublin. Continue reading “Finding my ancestors”
Monday May 15, 2017
Clans and Surnames: Irish Family Research Conference begins in earnest today. I awoke very early and very excited because finally after traveling 12,000ks, for 6 days from Australia to Ireland with 2 very enjoyable stop-overs along the way, the day has finally arrived to learn more about how to research Irish family history and we are raring to go! Continue reading “Clans and Surnames – the Conference”
Sunday 14 May, 2017
I couldn’t sleep with the excitement of knowing that today was the day we flew from Heathrow to Shannon.
So, I was up very early because I especially wanted to send my Mum a “Happy Mothers Day” message and as Murphy’s Law would have it – the Computer crashed!
It took for the Blog Master Barry to sort it all out. Finally the warm wishes were sent. I hope you had a wonderful day Mum and look forward to catching up with you when I get home.
Our BMW transfer arrived right on time to collect us from our Radisson Blu Hotel. Good bye London we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will be back.
Continue reading “Ireland here we come!”
Saturday 13th May, 2017
Fellow genealogists refer to the National Archives at Kew in England as one of THE most important repositories in the world.
I have long wanted to visit the National Archives as they hold a large collection with relevance to most Australians. My Prendergast family included. Continue reading “National Archives Kew visit”
We landed at Heathrow Airport at 06:55 and our driver was there to greet us to drive us into our Hotel the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt.
As expected it was a dreary, wet day in old London town But the warmth and friendliness of the staff on our arrival made up for the weather outside. Continue reading “Fish and chips at Harrods”
Staying in Singapore these last two days has been very absolutely wonderful.
We have participated in two very different but interesting tours. The Explore Singapore city tour yesterday and the Footsteps of Raffles tour today.
We started the tour at the Raffles Landing Site where in 1819 Sir Stamford Raffles alighted from the vessel that he was sailing aboard along the river. He recognized its potential for becoming a vital trading Center for the Far East.
Continue reading “Taking tea at Raffles”
Tuesday 9 May, 2017
Last minute packing and arrangements took up most of the morning. Two dear friends phoned to wish me well and by 12.30 we were on our way. I received a couple of lovely Bon voyage emails as well.
We drove into Proserpine where Sue was waiting for us to collect her and then on to Proserpine Airport. What a smooth check-in!
I wish all Airports were as efficient as the Whitsunday Coast Airport. Not only are the staff friendly and efficient, they check in the baggage, tag it, and send it down the baggage shoot. This takes all of about 3 minutes. They even managed to book the baggage through to Singapore which saved us having to collect it at the Brisbane Domestic terminal, lug it across the road and up an escalator before purchasing a train ticket to the International terminal where we would have had to sit with our baggage (ensuring that we never left our baggage unattended) whilst we waited for about 4 hours before checking it in.
We were also allocated seating for both the Proserpine to Brisbane and Brisbane to Singapore legs and given our boarding passes. Continue reading “Time to fly!”