2020 Irish Research Trips
National Library - Dublin
Titanic Museum - Belfast
The 2020 Research Trips to both Dublin and Belfast have now been scheduled. The Belfast trip will will be first, from Saturday, October 10 to Saturday, October 17 staying at The Belfast Hilton. The Hilton is about a 15 minute walk from PRONI and less than that to the Ulster Historical Foundation and the Linen Hall Library. The week’s research includes the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), the Ulster Historical Foundation, The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, and the North of Ireland Family History Society. The Belfast trip also includes a trip to the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Tyrone.
The trip to Dublin will run from Saturday, October 17 to Saturday, October 24, 2020. We will again be staying at Buswells Hotel, just across the street from the National Library. The week’s research includes The National Library, The National Archives, The Valuation Office, The Registry of Deeds and the General Register Office. Additional repositories can be scheduled on an as needed basis. The Dublin trip also includes a visit to EPIC–the Irish Emigration Museum, the Irish Family History Centre and a Pub Night with dinner and Irish music. Even at this early date, Buswells' availability is limited. There are only 3 twin rooms, so if you would like to book with a friend, please do so as soon as possible. If you require any additional nights at the end of the trip at Buswells, you will need to book directly with the hotel. Monday, October 26th is a bank holiday and the Dublin Marathon is run that day. I always encourage visiting the area where your ancestors lived so you might want to make plans outside of Dublin at the end of the trip.
I hope you’ll consider the trip in 2020. In both cases I have added an additional night (Saturday) since almost everyone flies in a day early to adjust to the overnight flight and time change. In order to register, you must know where in Ireland your ancestors lived. All research in Ireland is dependent on time and place and unless you know that location you're research is not likely to be successful. Registration for each trip is limited to the first 15 researchers (non-researching companions are welcome to join you). If you’re not sure if you are ready for the trip, consider scheduling a consultation.
Comments from previous trips…
“The trip was great from beginning to end and the attention that you gave to everyone’s individual research throughout the week was beyond my expectations."
"I could never have navigated all these repositories in a week without the orientation and support you provided. It would have taken me several trips and far greater expense to find the documents and information I found in one week with you. This was a fabulous opportunity. Thank you for making it available to us.”
“Donna was very knowledgeable and I learned so much about what and where I should be researching.”
"The orientation at the NLI was good and help me to find and use the resources I wanted to look at. At the National Archives, I did not know what to look at. It was helpful when we were showed the different indexes and resources and where they were located. The trip was a great experience, thank you.”
“All the help that was given, (esp. by Donna), and the various staff people, defiantly made our trip to both Belfast, and Dublin a howling success. !!!”
"Fantastic trip, loved every minute of it, your knowledge , help and company was very much appreciated and I thank you very much."