Monday, 15 September 2008

William's and Brian's Most Excellent Adventure

Oxford, Mississippi, Scots-Irish Seminar in early October

Two of the better known Scots-Irish genealogical experts, William Roulston and Brian Trainor, are making a blitzkrieg tour across the southeast United States. If you are in the area of one of their stops, do take advantage of their visit and attend their seminar.

William and Brian will be in College Station, Texas, on 7 October and then drive across the heavily wooded landscape of north Louisiana and into the equally wooded and hilly environs of north Mississippi to speak in Oxford, a mere two days later. They will then point their car east and be in Gainesville, Georgia, at the Hall County Library System on 11 October. That’s stamina and Ulster grit in action.

Details of their Oxford, Mississippi presentation below:

The Ulster Historical Foundation will visit the University of Mississippi on October 9th to offer a one-day workshop on Irish genealogy, clans, history, and culture. Experts in the Diaspora of native Irish clans, Brian Trainor and William Roulston will discuss the patterns of emigration from Ireland to America and the sources of its study. Participants will learn about civil registration records and records relating to the different churches for Irish and Scots-Irish research.

William Roulston is Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation, specializing in genealogical research and heritage consultancy. He holds a doctorate in Archaeology from Queen’s University, Belfast. He has written and edited a number of books including, (with Eileen Murphy) Fermanagh: History and Society (Dublin, 2004) and Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors (Belfast, 2005). He has also worked with the BBC on radio and television programs relating to local and family history and has participated in numerous historical and genealogical conferences. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Member of Council of both the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland and the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society.

Brian Trainor retired as Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation in September 2006. He was educated at Queen's University, Belfast, and from there went for a time to the Institute of Historical Research in London. He returned to Belfast where he lectured for several years at Queen’s before becoming in 1956 an archivist in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. He was Director of the Public Record Office from 1970 to 1987 when he became Director and then Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the National University of Ireland. He has been on over thirty lecture tours to America and has spoken on Irish history and genealogy in over forty states.

The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Yerby Conference Center Auditorium on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi. Cost is $40. For more information and to register, contact Leteria McDonald McGee at 662-915-7283

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