An excellent opportunity for those with an interest in their family history has recently presented itself in the form of 4-day genealogy courses which are being offered, almost for free, in Co. Monaghan in October.
The courses will concentrate on those with Monaghan ancestry, but in reality most of the content will be relevant to other local counties. The training courses will include formal classes, field trips, and evening events to introduce participants to each other and to local heritage. There will also be one-to-one help from experts in conducting family research.
The project is entitled ‘County Monaghan Genealogy – home to the little hills’. It will give participants information on genealogical sources, the cultural history of the county and the diversity and origin of its people. The project is organized by a consortium of local groups and is subsidized to the extent that the cost of the courses is only €50.
Popular family names in Monaghan include McMahon, McKenna, Hughes, McCabe, Smith, Kelly, Maguire, Murray, Woods, O’Connolly, Duffy, Finnegan, McPhillips, Callan, Hanratty, Boyle and McQuaid. It was historically a county of small farms and the landscape is characterized by drumlins or small hills, which is the origin of the name of the course. One of the county’s most famous sons, the poet Patrick Kavanagh, started as a small farmer in Monaghan and many of his poems describe life as a farmer working the ‘stony grey fields of Monaghan’.
Management of course content and delivery has been contracted to Ancestor Network – http://ancestor.ie - a professional genealogy company, whose experts are eminently suited to this task as they run genealogy courses for several other organisations. They are also one of two organisations which provide the genealogy advice service within the National Library of Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland. They also provide genealogy research services for individuals, so they are very familiar with the issues which challenge and confuse genealogy enthusiasts.
For full details of the courses are available from:
John Hamrock, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +353 870505296 or on Twitter: @ancestornetwork, or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MonaghanGenealogyTraining.