(c) 2016 Mount Merrion Historical Society
8.00pm, Thursday 7th March, 2024
Mount Merrion Community Centre
Have you ever come across a box of old family papers or a memorial card and wonder who the people are? Or a child completing a school project asking, “where did your grandparents come from?”
Or even your great-grandparents and when did they die and where did they get married?
Discovering more about your ancestors, celebrating family traditions, embracing your culture, and understanding where you came from can open your eyes to how beautiful and unique you are. It can also give your sense of self-worth and belonging a boost. Ger Whelan will outline key sources and approaches to researching ancestors, recording information and a tip or two which may lead you to developing a new hobby.
The discovery of the back of an envelope on which she had recorded the names and birthplaces of some ancestors, as advised by an elderly relative many years beforehand, prompted Ger to undertake research on her family. This in turn led to completing a three year Certificate in Genealogy in UCD with Sean Murphy, MA. This comprised 6 modules covering key sources for family history research in Ireland, case studies and completion of essays culminating in her final assignment on The Shirley Family, Lough Fea, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan where her ancestors were tenant farmers.
Ger Whelan was a career banker based in various locations in the Dublin area. She retired in 2012 and has since completed a combined book of family histories for both her own and her late husband’s paternal and maternal sides. However, having undertaken DNA testing, new relatives regularly come to light, necessitating ongoing updating of the material.
Terence McSwiney and Cathal Brugha