Monday, 23 June 2014

Ulster American Heritage Symposium, 26-28 June, Athens Georgia

20th Biennial Ulster-American Heritage Symposium comes to Athens June 26-28

The 20th Biennial Ulster-American Heritage Symposium will take place June 26-28 in the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The symposium, titled "Contacts, Contests, and Contributions: Ulster-Americans in War and Society," is sponsored by the T.R.R. Cobb House, the Scotch-Irish Society of the USA, the Georgia Humanities Council, the UGA Department of History, and the Willson Center.
The aim of the symposium will be to explore the transatlantic emigration, settlement, and continued experience of people from the north of Ireland. The event will bring together national and international scholars to present new research about these emigrants, their roles in American life, their roles, relationships and assimilation into American society, and their legacies in order to build a more meaningful understanding of those who share our Ulster-American heritage.

The symposium will use the sesquicentennial of the Civil War to garner new research on those who served in the conflict. David Gleeson of Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, author of the recent work The Green and The Grey: The Irish in the Confederate States of America, will be the keynote speaker.
Registration for the three-day symposium is $110. For schedule and conference information, go to the T.R.R. Cobb House website or contact Sam Thomas at (706) 369-3513 or

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Gaelic Language Festival in Canada

Singing, Dancing, Instrumental Music, Oration, and Literature
with Ireland’s Best
Simple Day Pass to Festival (Saturday):  $10
Preregister for Individual Festival Activities:
Full 3 Day Package, Including Meals ($140), Preregistration Required:
Amhránaíocht, Damhsa, Ceol Uirlise, Labhairt, agus Litríocht
leis na moltóirí/taibheoirí is fearr in Éirinn
Pas Lae don Fhéile (Dé Sathairn):  $10
Réamh-chlárú d’Imeachtaí Faoi Leith:   
Pacáiste Iomlán, 3 Lá, Béilí san Áireamh ($140), Réamh-chlárú de dhíth:
Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh
2526 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 7T1
Freagraí as Gaeilge, le do thoil, oiread agus is féidir.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Family Finder Autosomal DNA Sale. Very good price.

Dear Group Admins,
Father's Day is almost here and that means a new Family Tree DNA sale!  Here's what the sale will entail:

From 6/9/2014 to 6/17/2014, we will be offering:
Family Finder - $79   ($99)
Big Y - $595   ($695)

Additionally, customers that have already purchased a Big Y test will receive a coupon for $100 off another Big Y! This coupon is valid through 6/17/2015 and can be used on any Big Y order.  The best part is that if you combine it with the Father's Day sale, customers can get Big Y for only $495!

Link to purchase Family Finder Test
News & updates
  • Big Y matching is coming!  Over the course of the next two weeks we will begin a phased release of Big Y matching so you can directly compare your comprehensive Y-DNA results to those of other Big Y test takers.  The key to identifying all new SNPs and subclades is finally here!
  • Family Finder was recently improved with the release of myOrigins, an all new ethnicity tool allowing you to compare your ethnic breakdown to that of your matches while providing more detailed information on your ethnic heritage than ever before!

Donegal in Touch E-zine

Welcome to the Donegal in Touch e-zine.  This e-zine is part of the Donegal Diaspora Project. Through this project Donegal is reaching out and connecting with people in all parts of the world who have a connection to or interest in Donegal.  This e-zine is sent to people in all parts of the world.
Please find attached the latest edition of the Donegal Community in Touch Ezine. Please feel free to pass this e-zine on to others that you feel might be interested in it. Any views, comments or contributions to the e-zine are very welcome.    
For further information on Donegal or on the Donegal Diaspora Project, please contact Roisin McBride at or please visit the website at
The Donegal - community in touch / Dún na nGall - pobail i d'teagmháil Publication Team
Roisin McBride
Donegal County Council

Saturday, 7 June 2014

News From Ulster's Emmett McCourt

Dear All
I am delighted to let you know that Feast or Famine ,A Cultural Food Journey of The North West of Ireland is to be Launched at Belfast Metropolitan College on 17th of June 2014 at 11am.
This is to take place in Belfast's Iconic Titanic Quarter ,Please find invites attached with more information.
The book launch will centre around the huge personal story from Feast or Famine of Albert Sargent -Famous Chef who Launched the Titanic with his historic Menu.
As a Friend of The Irish Food Heritage Project I would be delighted to see you there. Please feel free to extend the invitation to your Friends Collegues and who ever may find the Project of Interest.
Please Let me know if you can make it on the day.
Thanks again so much for all your Support..
Kind Regards
Emmett McCourt
Irish Food Heritage Project
Feast or Famine
Best Local Food/Drink Promotional Event/Initiative 2013
Northern Ireland Food and Drinks Awards 2013
Supported by NI Regional Food Programme.

Friday, 6 June 2014

DNA Testing Transfer to Family Tree

Note... if you have done DNA testing with another company here is your opportunity to transfer your results to Family Tree DNA.  Our project used Family Tree DNA as it has by far the largest data base and is very user friendly. 

Dear Group Administrators,
On Thursday,™ announced that they will no longer sell Y-DNA and mtDNA tests.  Additionally, the results from past Y-DNA and mtDNA tests will no longer be available after September 5, 2014.
There are no guarantee on what the future holds for's™ autosomal DNA offering so we strongly recommend that you tell people that tested with™ to transfer their Y-DNA and Autosomal DNA to Family Tree DNA where our main focus is genetic genealogy. mtDNA is not transferable because of compatibility issues.
Family Tree DNA is committed to supporting these valuable genealogical tests today and in the future.  You should encourage anyone who has tested with™ to transfer their record to Family Tree DNA as soon as possible.
The Y-DNA and Autosomal DNA transfer options are listed below:
Y-DNA 33 Marker Transfer
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • No matches or haplogroup predictions
Y-DNA 46 Marker Transfer
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • No matches or haplogroup predictions
Y-DNA 33 Transfer +
25 Marker Upgrade*
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • Y-DNA matches
  • Haplogroup predictions
  • Additional standard FTDNA Y-DNA features
Y-DNA 46 Transfer +
37 Marker Upgrade*
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • Y-DNA matches
  • Haplogroup predictions
  • Additional standard FTDNA Y-DNA features
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • Family Finder matches
  • Additional standard Family Finder features
* Those unable to provide samples can still be upgraded to receive 12 marker matches for Y-DNA33 and 25 marker matches for their Y-DNA46

Thank you,
Family Tree DNA

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